Tara Raghuveer is an organizer and researcher whose work has focused on housing, immigration, and voting rights. A Kansas City native, Tara has studied eviction in the five-county metro area for five years. She is currently the Housing Campaign Director at People’s Action, a national network of grassroots organizations committed to economic and racial justice.
Prior to joining People’s Action, Tara was the Deputy Director of the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), a coalition of the nation’s 37 largest immigrant rights organizations. During her time there, Tara developed a policy platform on immigration that was adopted by three 2016 Presidential candidates. She oversaw a campaign that won waivers for 3.7 million people in poverty to become American citizens for free or reduced cost. With a broad coalition, she developed the Community Navigator curriculum which has trained over 9,700 immigrant leaders and has been adopted by cities including New York and Chicago. Tara also managed NPNA’s communications, internships, and the National Immigrant Integration Conference. With NPNA’s executive director, Tara grew NPNA's budget 250 percent in three years.
Tara has been featured in outlets such as the New York Times, The New Yorker, Washington Post, NPR, The Guardian, and Slate. She has also written for TIME and VICE, and her research on eviction and poverty in Kansas City is cited in the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Evicted. Tara graduated from Harvard College, where she served as student body president. She is an Australian-born, Indian-American immigrant who came to the US with her family in 1995.