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Tara Clapp

Clapp, Tara
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Iowa State University
Community and Regional Planning
College of Design
Ames, IA 50014

Program involvement
Community Development Graduate Programs - Former Instructor


Tara Lynne Clapp is an instructor with the Department of Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State University, and she is a private consultant. Her practice is primarily with non-profit and community capacity building with clients that include environmental, social, and arts sectors.

She left full-time academic work in 2011 to devote more time to her professional practice. She regularly teaches "Sustainable Communities" from the perspective that a community can only thrive with a healthy economy, a rich and diverse culture, and a resilient environment.


Ph.D  in Planning, University of Southern California, 2003
M.E.Des. in Planning, University of Calgary, 1995
B.E.S. in Environmental Studies, University of Manitoba, 1985