Tara Hedayati

Program Manager

As Program Manager, Tara specializes in building purposeful and effective relationships with SVP Seattle Partners to cultivate a strong foundation for reimagined philanthropy and our grant making process. Tara believes that reimagined philanthropy work is one of the most sustainable methods of empowering BIPOC communities and organizations, through SVP Partners’ generous efforts to provide their time, treasure, and talent.

Tara’s passion for community-led organizations started when she was eleven years old, volunteering as a grassroots advocate for children’s education and environmental justice. At 18, when she was a full-time college student through the Running Start program, she facilitated her first conference on a five-year plan related to community advocacy, education, and service-oriented projects, with a 70+ participant turnout. As an undergraduate intern for the Dominican Association of Washington State, she worked diligently with the Executive Director to draft and implement a business model for the organization’s structure and mission. Prior to joining SVP Seattle, Tara received a 2016 scholarship award from the American Association of University Women.

Tara was raised in Bothell, Washington, and received her bachelor’s degree at University of Washington Bothell, double majoring in Law, Economics, and Public Policy with her second major in Global Studies and a minor in Human Rights. She is currently finishing her master’s degree in Public Policy at University of Washington Bothell.

Outside work and school, Tara lives with her spouse, Jonathan, and loves to cook, paint, and read.