Tara Vahdani serves as Board Member Schmerelson’s Policy & Outreach Deputy. In this role, she manages his Family & Community Engagement Committee, serves as the point-person for 40 Board District 3 schools, and liaises with local community groups. She also coordinates Mr. Schmerelson’s Student Advisory Council, and plans informational events for various stakeholder groups.
Tara came to LAUSD with a background in education research, having most recently worked as a Research Associate at the Center for Equity for English Learners. She contributed to several projects during her time with the center, exploring topics such as English Learner (EL) course placement policy and best practices in EL science education.
Tara earned her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego where she studied Education and Political Science, with an emphasis in Public Policy. During her off-time, she enjoys listening to audiobooks, tackling new jigsaw puzzles, and spending time with her friends.