Tara D. McGuinness
Tara  D.  McGuinness

White House - Office of Management and Budget

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Senior Advisor to the Director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget

Research Interests
Tara McGuinness is a Senior Advisor to the Director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget and Executive Director of the Community Solutions Team. Her portfolio includes work on evidence-based policies to improve economic and social outcomes in rural and urban America. From 2013 to 2015 she served as a Senior Communications Advisor and a member of the White House team working to implement the Affordable Care Act. She worked to develop and helped execute the outreach effort that signed up millions of uninsured Americans for health care. She has been working at the nexus of public policy and citizen engagement for over a decade. Prior to joining the White House, she was the Executive Director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund and a senior vice-president at the think tank, the Center for American Progress where she worked on a wide-range of issues from economic equity to climate and resilience policies. Tara also worked oversees for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs with postings in Nepal, Bangladesh and Ethiopia. Tara is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in urban studies.

On Populism
Tara McGuiness sees the challenge of making public policies responsive to citizen voices as one of the defining questions of our time. She will discuss how the populist backlash against institutions, governments and political parties is directly tied to their ability to address the impacts of a changing economy on citizens and how new localism offers promising opportunities to restore community bonds.