Tara McDaniel

Chief of Staff

Tara McDaniel began her career in Washington, D.C. as Staff Assistant to Congressman John Lewis (D-GA). She then went on to serve in the House Majority Whip Office as a Chief Deputy Majority Whip Executive Assistant. Tara then served as Legislative Assistant for the National Women’s Business Council at the US Small Business Administration and Director of Member and Financial Services for the DC-based Executive Leadership Council.

Tara relocated to Dallas where she served as the Director of the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Business Development Center, assisting and advocating for small and minority-owned businesses. She then transitioned into the transportation industry and served as public relations manager and spokesperson for the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and then primary spokesperson for American Airlines.

Tara returned to the Washington metropolitan area to join the public relations team at Sodexo, a Global 100 food and facilities management company. During her time there, she served in various roles in public relations, media and internal/external communications. As Senior Director of communications, she was responsible for communications for nearly 2500 managers and 55,000 frontline employees. Tara was also on the team that developed Sodexo’s largest minority-owned business partnership, SodexoMAGIC, a joint venture with Magic Johnson Enterprises. Tara then served as Vice President of Communications for Asbury Communities where she led the team responsible for media relations and communications for eight senior living communities as well as The Asbury Group, an IT and Marketing firm.

In October 2018, Tara was named Chief of Staff of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, a non-profit advocacy organization for minorities in the transportation industry. Tara holds a B.A. in Political Science from Hampton University and an Executive Leadership Management Certificate from Cornell University. Tara is a resident of Montgomery County, MD and served on the Board of Directors of the Manna Food Bank for six years. She is a proud member of the Leadership Montgomery (MD) Class of 2014.
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