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Tara Magner

Director, Chicago Commitment

Tara was named the Director of the Chicago Commitment in January 2016. Prior to this assignment, Tara served as a Program Officer in U.S. Programs, focusing on the Migration, Policy Research, and other program areas.

Tara joined MacArthur in 2012 after two stints with Senator Patrick Leahy on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary (2001-2006 and 2009-2012). Her issue responsibilities included immigration, refugee protection, human rights, national security matters, Freedom of Information Act, and government secrecy.

After the 2008 election, Tara was a member of President Obama’s Transition Policy Working Group on Immigration. She has also served as a Commissioner on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration; Director of Policy at the National Immigrant Justice Center; and Deputy Director of the Winston Foundation.

Tara has published articles with MIT Press, the International Journal of Refugee Law, and the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. Tara received her undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University and her law degree at Georgetown Law.

Tara Magner works on the following MacArthur programs and projects:

Arts & Culture in Chicago

Chicago Commitment


Policy Research

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