Taryn serves as the Indiana Regional Program Officer at AFN. She has spent 20 years in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, coaching national organizations, public agencies, funders, and nonprofits. Taryn’s expertise includes capacity building strategies, workforce development, nonprofit operational excellence, and effective collaboration principles. Her background in workforce development, women’s history, and girls’ leadership informs her interest in gender and social equity drivers and solutions.
From 2011-2016 Taryn was the Strategy Vice President, Business & Community Innovation at Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, a national policy advising and implementation organization. There, she partnered with philanthropy, public agencies, and nonprofits to conceptualize and implement national and regional projects focusing on the intersection of private sector employment trends and workforce development system responses. She also co-managed CSW’s Workforce Benchmarking Network, a national network of providers and funders using continuous learning approaches to improving performance outcomes.
Before joining CSW in 2006, Taryn spent 5 years as a management consultant for the national Girl Scouts of the USA, where she managed client relationships and services for local Girl Scout offices across the U.S. Her work there included nonprofit governance, strategic planning, financial analysis, marketing, operations, and programming.
Taryn holds an MBA and an MPP from the University of Michigan; she received her BA from Tufts University. She has also served as a trustee and grantmaker for the Roger I. and Ruth B. MacFarlane Family Foundation since its inception in 2008, and is currently the board chair.