Tara Cook-Littman is the Political Director for ConnFACT. She was the Democratic endorsed candidate for the 134th State Representative District in 2013. For years, Tara has been a clear voice on key state and local issues including education, food & nutrition, environmental protection and hunger and homelessness. While this was her first run for elected political office, her experience in public policy advocacy is well documented.
As the Director of GMO Free CT, Tara spearheaded the effort to pass the first GMO labeling law in the United States. Building upon that success, she was a founding member of “Citizens for GMO Labeling,” a non-profit group providing organizational and advocacy support to citizen activists working to pass similar bills to the Connecticut law. Tara is recognized nationally in the movement and speaks both regionally and nationally on the importance of transparency in the food supply
Tara has appeared on News 12 On Your Health, and Fox 61 to educate viewers about GMOs and has also been the guest on numerous radio shows, including The Farm Stand on WPKN, the Organic View with June Stoyer, Curt Linderman Unleashed, and the Robert Scott Bell Show.
Prior to starting her family, Tara worked as a prosecutor in a trial division at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. This experience as an attorney gives her real life experience understanding how the legislative process affects both law enforcement professionals and citizens.
She believes in the importance of community involvement and spends much of her free time volunteering at area organizations.
- Chair, “Fuel for Learning Partnership”, Fairfield PTA Council (2012-present)
- Member, Board of Directors at Operation Hope in Fairfield, a social service agency providing homeless and at risk families and individuals with shelter, food, and other services. (2006 – 2012, 2014)
- Member, Norma Friem Breast Care Center Presidents Council (2009 – 2011)
- Vice President of Education, Congregation Beth El (2008-2010)
- Chair, Religious School Restructuring Committee, Congregation Beth El (2011)
- Founding Member, K’tanim Preschool at Congregation Beth El in Fairfield (2007)
Tara has also been the chairperson of numerous fundraising events for non-profit organizations including the following:
- Operation Hope Wine tasting (2008 and 2009)
- Operation Hope Gala (2010)
- Jewish Home for the Elderly Annual Luncheon (2009 and 2010)
- Jewish Home for the Elderly Gala (2007 and 2011)
Tara graduated from Brandeis University with a BA in American Studies and minors in Journalism and Women’s Studies and received her JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where she graduated Cum Laude and was a member of Moot Court.
She currently lives in Fairfield with her husband Owen and three children, Spencer (11), Ava (9) and Grace (7).