Tara Clerkin

Senior Coordinator for Agriculture, Climate, and Partnerships for the International Rescue Committee’s Economic Recovery and Development (ERD) team

Tara is responsible for advancing ERD’s programming focused on climate resilience, food and nutrition security, and livestock—including partnership development and advocacy. In her previous role as Rural Livelihoods Officer with ERD, Tara provided technical support for monitoring and evaluation, value chain and market assessments, and agriculture and livestock program design to countries including: NE Syria, Myanmar, Somalia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Niger. Before joining the IRC in October of 2016, she was the Manager of Program Impact with the Clinton Development Initiative (CDI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation operating an inclusive, farmer-first agribusiness model. In her role with CDI, Tara focused on monitoring and evaluation, strategy development, and partnership development. She holds a B.B.A. in finance with minors in Peace Studies and Irish Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a dual master’s degree in Economics and International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University.