Thara joined the Open Circle team in July 2018 from the Vermont public school system where she directed the district’s afterschool and summer programs. As an educational administrator, and a former elementary school teacher, Thara understands the tremendous importance of social and emotional learning in educating the whole child. She also brings experience as a coach to individuals and organizational teams. At the New England Resource Center for Higher Education, she served as an organizational change consultant to teams of faculty and administrators focused on better supporting underserved students. At Brandeis University, Thara established the Center for Experiential Learning, a hub for teaching and learning using hands-on projects and real-world experiences. Thara finds joy in helping create learning environments where young people and adults meaningfully connect in curiosity and respect for each other’s differences.