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Tara O'Neill Hayes

Director of Human Welfare Policy

Tara O'Neill Hayes is the Director of Human Welfare Policy at the American Action Forum.

Biography

Tara’s research focuses on federal policy related to individuals’ health and economic wellbeing. Her portfolio includes such areas as nutrition assistance and childcare programs, senior services, anti-homelessness and self-sufficiency initiatives, and other povertyalleviation programs. Tara formerly served as AAF’s Deputy Director of Health Care Policy.  

Tara has spoken at numerous briefings and policy events. Her research and insights have appeared in numerous media outlets, including  The Washington Post, ForbesPolitico, and Kaiser Health News. In January 2019, Tara was invited to join the National Academy of Social Insurance in recognition of her work on Medicare policy. 

Before joining AAF, Tara worked as a Legislative Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives for various members from her home state of South Carolina, covering a broad portfolio of issues. Tara earned her Master’s in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2014, she was named a David Winston Health Policy Scholar.  


Education

MSPPM
Carnegie Mellon University

BS
Clemson University

Notable Positions

Legislative Assistant

Rep. Tom Rice

Legislative Assistant

Rep. Tim Scott

Legislative Assistant/Legislative Correspondent

Rep. J. Gresham Barrett

Expertise


Education

MSPPM
Carnegie Mellon University

BS
Clemson University

Notable Positions

Legislative Assistant

Rep. Tom Rice

Legislative Assistant

Rep. Tim Scott

Legislative Assistant/Legislative Correspondent

Rep. J. Gresham Barrett

Expertise