Tara Ford, Chief Development Officer

Tara Ford is the Chief Development Officer responsible for events and fundraising, grants, marketing communications, volunteer services, development, and parish outreach for the family of Catholic Charities agencies. In this role, she manages the brand, raises funds, and works with stakeholders to support the mission of Catholic Charities. Previously, Tara was the Director of Marketing Communications responsible for brand awareness, publicity, digital marketing, and promotion.

Previously, Tara has experience serving in a variety of capacities as a spokesperson, fundraiser, legislative advocate, and Board leadership. She has a Master of Business Administration from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from St. Edwards’ University in Austin, TX. Tara has a long family history of serving the community with a focus on strengthening families and reducing poverty.