Tara Meggett joined the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance as the Next Generation Coordinator in May of 2017, coordinating and implementing next generation initiatives to guide students and recent graduates into the conservation field. Before coming to HCA, Tara served as an AmeriCorps Vista with Kupu as the IUCN Congress Youth Engagement Coordinator. She assisted in the development, coordination, and outreach of several youth programs designed specifically for the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress, which has never been done before. Before her time at Kupu, she was a volunteer for the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) and spent six months on Kure Atoll, the last North Western Hawaiian Island, conducting field work to restore seabird habitat through invasive species removal. Her time spent Kure Atoll solidified her great fascination and appreciation for Hawaii’s natural resources and wildlife.
Additionally, Tara spent five months volunteering for the Hawaiʻi Island Hawksbill Turtle Recovery Project based out of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.
Tara grew up on Long Island, New York and graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Vertebrate Biology. As a young girl, she was always fascinated with the ocean and dreamed of becoming of marine biologist and moving to Hawaiʻi to reconnect with her Hawaiian ancestry. She enjoys swimming, whale watching, searching the skies for ʻiwa birds, and long drives to the North Shore.