Tara Cooper Headshot

Chief Operations Officer

Tara joined Inflexion in 2021 as the Chief Operations Officer. With a focus on talent development and organization effectiveness, Tara works with the visionary leaders at Inflexion to strategically develop and support processes and systems to advance our business strategy and impact in schools and the education industry.

Tara has worked in the field of education for more than 20 years with a focus on access, equity, and student engagement. For the past ten years she has served in leadership positions in those areas and in organizational change and leadership development with roles in nonprofit organizations, the California Community College system, Portland State University, and the Northwest Regional Education Service District.  She also served as the interim CEO of the Black Parent Initiative, as the regional Post Secondary Administrator at Northwest Regional Education Service District, and for the past three years, as an independent consultant. In her consultancy, Tara works with growing businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and school districts, providing executive coaching, strategic planning, internal systems planning and development, equity leadership mapping, and professional learning opportunities.

In addition to her experience in advancing equity and inclusion and leading organizational change, Tara holds a master’s degree in intercultural communications and is currently completing her doctorate in adult learning and leadership. Her research explores the dynamics and experience of leading transformational cultural change within a business from an executive-level perspective.