As a Senior Program Officer, Natural Climate Solutions, within Verra’s Program Management Department, Tara reviews registration and verification requests for natural climate solutions (NCS) projects, with a focus on agriculture and land management (ALM), wetlands restoration and conservation (WRC), and afforestation, reforestation, and revegetation (ARR) projects. She also collaborates with the Auditing and Accreditation Team on assessing VVB performance and serves as a subject matter expert on NCS projects.

Tara has over 12 years of experience working in AFOLU project development. She started her career with the Fair Climate Network, working closely with grassroots-level organizations across India to facilitate sustainable agricultural practices and tap into the developing carbon markets. She has spent the last seven and a half years leading the Land-Use team at VNV Advisory Services, working on developing and implementing community-centric ARR, WRC, and ALM projects across India and throughout South and Southeast Asia. She has also been involved with designing and implementing rural waste management projects through her previous work experience.

In her spare time, Tara enjoys birdwatching and reading.