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The Maryland Equity & Inclusion Leadership Program | Directorate

Taylor-Tara_MEILP_headshot_compressed-resized2Tara Taylor, M.P.A.

MEILP Program Director
Education & Outreach Director
Maryland Commission on Civil Rights

Tara Taylor is the Education & Outreach Director for the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR) where she also previously served as the Mediation Program Director for 12 years. She is the Co-Founder & Program Director for the Maryland Equity & Inclusion Leadership Program, a collaborative year-long leadership development program sponsored by the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights and the University of Baltimore Schaefer Center for Public Policy.

Prior to joining MCCR in 2001, Tara managed dispute resolution programs for the Office of the Arizona Attorney General and the Office of the Maryland Attorney General. She also directed several leadership development and educational programs for the YMCA of Delaware and the YMCA Eastern Region. Tara recently served as Co-Chair of the Maryland Coalition Opposed to Violence & Extremism (COVE) and as past Chair of the Maryland Judiciary’s Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence Council. She is a recipient of the Governor’s 21st Century Award for Maryland Women in Responsive Government.

She holds a B.A. in Organizational Communication and a M.A. in Management & Public Administration and enjoys teaching as an adjunct faculty member for the Conflict Management & Negotiations graduate program in the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore as well as for other local colleges and universities.

Tara is also an independent contractor specializing in corporate training, coaching and large group facilitation for public and private sector organizations. In addition, she spends time volunteering as a mediator for the Maryland State Government Shared Neutrals Program and for her local county community mediation program.

Whether in her role as a trainer, a mediator or a facilitator, Tara is passionate about helping individuals and communities learn to have more meaningful, productive conversations across their differences. She lives in Maryland with her fabulous husband and two kids that keep her running!


raeYunzi (Rae) Tan, Ph.D.

MEILP Academic Director
Assistant Professor and Program Director
School of Public and International Affairs
College of Public Affairs
University of Baltimore

Rae is currently an assistant professor in the School of Public and International Affairs within the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore. She is also the graduate program director for the Masters of Science program in Negotiations and Conflict Management at the University of Baltimore. Her research, consulting, and teaching interests intersect issues about workforce diversity, conflict management, and teams and groups in organizational contexts. As the academic director for the Maryland Equity and Inclusion Leadership program, she will primarily lead and manage the development and planning of curricular content and delivery, as well as the evaluation and assessment aspects of the program. Rae holds Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A. degrees in Social and Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a B.A. degree in Psychology and Communication from the University of Southern California.

Mary Lovegrove, J.D., MBA

MEILP Administrator
Assistant Director
Schaefer Center for Public Policy
College of Public Affairs
University of Baltimore
mlovegrove@ubalt.edu | 410.837.6234

Ms. Lovegrove is assistant director of the Schaefer Center.  As assistant director, she is responsible for the Center’s day-to-day management. Ms. Lovegrove also coordinates the Center’s training programs. In addition to her work managing the operations of the Center, Ms. Lovegrove performs legal research for the Center’s projects. For example, she conducted the legal research and analysis for the University’s Obesity Report Card. Ms. Lovegrove examined all 50 states’ legislative efforts to address obesity in the general population and the states’ legislative efforts targeting childhood obesity. She co-authored the Center’s Health Care Credentialing Study in which she analyzed, reviewed and interpreted the law regarding the credentialing of health care professionals in Maryland. Ms. Lovegrove also participated in strategic planning for the Public Service Commission and other management consulting projects.