Tara Houska announced as 2017 Public Interested Conference Keynote Speaker
Tara Houska is Ojibwe from Couchiching First Nation. She is the National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, a tribal rights attorney, a co-founder of Not Your Mascots, and served as Native American advisor to the Bernie Sanders campaign. Tara is involved in advocacy on a broad spectrum of issues facing indigenous communities, with a focus on environmental justice, protection of sacred sites, and institutional racism. Her experience ranges from grassroots organizing to working for the White House Council on Environmental Quality and lobbying on Capitol Hill.
She frequently appears on media outlets such as CNN and MSNBC and contributes regularly to the Guardian, Huffington Post, and Indian Country Today to elevate the conversation about extractive industries, destruction of indigenous lands, religious rights, cultural appropriation, and police brutality. A born and raised Minnesotan now based in Washington, D.C., Tara earned a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota.
Public Interested is a collaborative conference with the support of the Center for Public Interest Careers, Harvard Alumni Association, Harvard Global Health Institute, Harvard Varsity Club, Institute of Politics, Office of Career Services, Office for Sustainability, Phillips Brooks House Association, Public Service Network, and Undergraduate Council with coordination provided by the Phillips Brooks House Center for Public Service & Engaged Scholarship.