Tara Hill-Coursey, a native of the Eastern Shore of Maryland and graduate of Easton High School in Talbot County, is an experienced community-driven advocate.
Tara began her career as an Academic and Enrichment Site Coordinator for the Caroline County Public School system, utilizing her Sport Management bachelor’s degree from Neumann University to develop and coordinate activities for students. Tara’s drive to assist the public led her to the Caroline County Public Library where she served as the Branch Manager for their Greensboro location and then as the Community Engagement Manager. While serving in those roles, Tara led the initiative for the first Multicultural Festival in Greensboro, among many other events. She previously held memberships with the Maryland Library Association and the American Library Association and was recognized for her efforts in 2020, receiving the award for Outstanding Employee of the Year by the Citizens for Maryland Libraries group.
In addition to her roles as an employee, Tara has extended herself to the local community by serving on several interest and governing boards including The Maryland Humanities Council’s One Maryland One Book committee, The Caroline Chamber of Commerce, Mid-Shore Mediation, Caroline Economic Development, as well as various equity committees. Prior to her current position as the Executive Director of the Caroline Office of Tourism, Tara served on their Board of Directors for three years.
In her current position with the tourism office, Tara’s focus is to enhance Caroline County as a visitor’s destination, leading marketing efforts both locally and on a larger, statewide scale. Tara is passionate about engaging the community and leading efforts to share knowledge, enjoying public speaking engagements and leading workshops and presentations. Tara acknowledges that a lot of her success is community-driven, relying on collaborations and partnerships with multiple entities and stakeholders in the county, of which she’s grateful to have established.
As her tourism role transitions to a position within the Economic Development Corporation, Tara looks forward to the enhanced relationships, which she believes will be a great catalyst for professional and personal growth.
In her free time, Tara remains an active member of several community groups, a community chorus, and the Shore Leadership Class of 2022. She enjoys traveling, sports, reading, and keeping up with current events. Tara currently resides in Denton, Caroline County, with her two sons, Jarvis and Jayden.