Tanya Tarr is the director of Legislative and Political Mobilization for the Texas American Federation of Teachers, which represents over 65,000 public school educators across Texas. She is a winning veteran of local, state and federal political and non-partisan campaigns. She has been named a Rising Star of 2009 by Campaigns and Elections’ Politics Magazine and a member of Next Generation Leaders under 40 by the Texas Observer and the Texas Democracy Foundation, a group of emerging leaders committed to supporting investigative reporting in Texas. Tanya is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and the H. John Heinz III Graduate School of Public Policy and Management. In her spare time, she enjoys raising native Texan wildflowers and her rambunctious Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.