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Tara Jones

| Director of Culture & Experience,       
  Youth Consultant

Tara (she/they) identifies as a black pansexual second-generation Canadian youth and professional. They are passionate about challenging the social issues we face today while working to create change. Tara comes from a long line of advocates for change and pillars in our community. Her passion started as a young child, who watched her father work with different organizations, with a focus on underprivileged BIPOC youth in East York, Toronto. She is also the youngest of 6 children.

 

Tara is a Project Lead and People Manager at DoorDash Technologies Canada Inc. for Dasher Support Labs. She owns and manages teams to execute different types of projects and research initiatives with the singular focus of enhancing the Dasher (driver) experience. Aside from enhancing the Dasher experience, Tara continues to work with Senior Managers and Stakeholders to uphold employee culture and has become a mentor for Interns at the organization. Tara is one of three co-chairs for the Women@DoorDash Employee Resource Group where a few of their key objectives include mentoring and sponsoring opportunities for women colleagues to bench a bench of future women leaders, as well as ensuring that each woman can lead any and all initiatives with the best versions of themselves.

 

Tara volunteers alongside the MLSE LaunchPad on their Youth Advisory Council (YAC) while holding an executive seat for 2 years and is now a Mentor for the team. Tara was selected to have the opportunity of holding the first Youth seat on the MLSE LaunchPad Board of Directors, where their goal was to bridge the gap between the board and the Youth Advisory Council while providing a voice for youth in the MLSE LaunchPad space.

 

Tara graduated from York University in Sociology & Public Policy and Administration, with a focus on gender, youth, and intersectionality in an international and legal perspective. There, she spent her time working in the Sociology department alongside Professors and Staff and in the student organization, working to bridge the gap between the academic departments and Sociology students. She also played on the York University Varsity Lacrosse team, as she has always had a passion for sport. Tara continues using her voice to help overcome challenges by being a youth who has the privilege to use their platform to continue advocating for change.

 

Fun Facts: Vegetarian, Cat Lover, Singer, Techie, True Crime Podcast listener.