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Tara is a lover of all things mountains, landscapes, and data. Growing up in the western slope of Colorado, Tara developed a passion for the mixed landscape that is the west. This motivated Tara to obtain a B.A. in Geology from the University of Colorado. A few years later, Tara moved to Montana and earned a Master’s degree in Geography. Following graduate school, she spent many years working as a GIS Analyst for the USGS and then transitioned into data maintenance and analytics for local government. During this time, Tara realized her true passion is merging physical landscape research with understanding the trends and data around the people who reside within these spaces. When the opportunity arose to provide data support for the team at Headwaters Economics, Tara couldn’t say no. When not digging into data, Tara can be found searching for snow with her husband, children, and dogs.