Tara Dhanraj Roden


Tara Dhanraj Roden worked as a senior program associate with Vera’s Beyond Jails initiative to help jurisdictions across the country reduce local jail populations.

Before joining Vera in 2020, Tara worked at the Council of State Governments Justice Center and National League of Cities helping cities and counties advance justice reform initiatives. She also spent time at the Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, where she monitored state and federal public safety dollars awarded to Baltimore City, Maryland.

In addition to her work, Tara volunteers with the Letter Writers Circle at Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop. She has also been appointed to her local city’s Race Equity Commission where she helps city departments and officials reduce systemic racism and bias to improve the experiences of city residents.

Tara holds a BA in sociology and anthropology from Towson University.