Named Executive Director of The Refugee Women’s Network, Inc. in May of 2014, Tara has extensive non-profit experience including 15 years in leadership roles working with the homeless, domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking victims. As a results-driven non-profit executive, recognized for creating and expanding quality programs serving multiple special needs and underserved populations, Tara is deeply committed to improving the lives of persons in crisis.
Prior to joining RWN, her most recent role was that of Executive Director for Forsyth County Family Haven, Inc. One of 46 Certified Domestic Violence Emergency Shelters in the state of Georgia. Tara also served as Director of Emergency Services with Tallatoona CAP, Inc., a community action organization serving low-income families. Tara supervised and managed the organization’s Quality Assurance Department and seven Human Resource Development Centers across seven counties of Northwest Georgia, including the Low Income Heat and Energy Assistance Program and the Emergency Food Assistance Program.
Tara has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Human Relations with a specialization in Counseling from Point University. Tara holds several non-profit certifications through the Georgia Center for Non-Profits, certification in domestic violence advocacy through the Georgia Coalition against Domestic Violence, and is a certified grant writer through Emory University.
Tara has held memberships and affiliations with the Georgia Council to ending Homelessness, South Fulton County Coalition of Service Providers, The Women’s Policy Group, Council of Volunteer Administrators, Fulton County Domestic Violence Task Force, Fulton County Fatality Review Committee, Forsyth County Domestic Violence Task Force, The Women of Color Network, and the Child Abuse Protocol Committee of Forsyth County. Tara also served as a board member of the Georgia Community Action Agencies and received recognition as one of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta Salute Woman of Achievement Award (2005).
In her role as Executive Director of the Refugee Women’s Network, Inc., Tara is responsible for strategic planning and collaborative efforts, program development, community relations, private and public-sector fundraising and resource development. Tara is passionate when it comes to advocating for the needs and rights of persons in need of support and shares the core value of RWN to inspire and equip women to become leaders in their homes, businesses, and communities.
Alaa Naji, Social Adjustment and Leadership Program Coordinator
Alaa serves as the Social Adjustment and Leadership Program Coordinator at Refugee Women’s Network. In this role, she is responsible for coordinating leadership and social adjustment workshops and serves as a case manager for nearly 500 local refugees and immigrants.
Over the past 15 years she has been employed with national and international organizations providing program support and direct services. Her background ranges from designing instructional materials and developing workshops and training models, to assisting with grants management, budgets, and handling logistics for armed services personnel and civilians. During her tenure in humanitarian service in the Middle East she also became certified as an interpreter and translator.
Alaa fled Iraq as a refugee and resettled in the United State with her family in 2008. Since arriving in the US, she has served as a national spokesperson for Iraqi refugees speaking at a number of functions to raise awareness, including delivering a speech at the 2008 International Freedom Awards Dinner in New York City alongside Kofi Annan. Additionally, she has served as a local commentator for several media outlets on the American military withdrawal in Iraq and the plight of Arab American immigrants.
Gal Adam Spinrad, Economic Empowerment Program Coordinator
Gal Adam Spinrad is the Coordinator of the Economic Empowerment Program. She brings a broad range of experience spanning 20 years in the social sector to RWN. Gal has worked with diverse nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, many with a focus on women, girls, families and under-served communities. She has been privileged to have developed and managed a range of programs, brought individuals and communities together through events and conferences, and researched and written many communication materials as part of her work.
Gal is from the San Francisco Bay Area and lives in Decatur with her husband and their two children. She brings personal experience as an immigrant to the U.S. and a native fluency in French to her work at RWN.