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Tara McDermott

Tara McDermott

Director of Stakeholder Relations, EmPower Solar

Tara is the Director of Stakeholder Relations at EmPower Solar. She served as the government liaison for policy issues at LISSA for two years before being elected to Alliance Chair in 2020. 

Tara earned her BA at SUNY Stony Brook and her MPA at CUNY Baruch, both with a focus on environmental studies. In 2011, she was one of four U.S. Climate Change Professional Fellows, where she worked with Australian researchers, industries, and advocates dealing with energy and climate issues.

Prior to joining the EmPower Solar team, Tara worked with Citizens Campaign for the Environment to organize educational and advocacy campaigns on various environmental issues. She also spent three years as a “Young Island” blogger for the Long Island Business News. She has been active in various professional and environmental organizations, including the C3E Women in Energy group on LI.  
In 2018, Tara was named one of the Top 50 Women in Business by the Long Island Business News and was inducted into the Social Justice Distinguished Scholar Academy at FSC for her work on environmental justice issues.

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