Tara Montgomery is a public health advocate, researcher, and communicator who strives to connect the dots between healthy people and healthy democracies, bringing consumer and citizen perspectives to conversations about culture change in health care. Tara is driven by optimism about the power of collaboration to solve the world’s most challenging problems, having spent over two decades convening and partnering with US, UK, and international academic, cultural, scientific, and nonprofit institutions and leading strategic initiatives to advance public health, education, corporate social responsibility, and social change.
Tara previously led Health Impact at the US nonprofit publishing and advocacy organization Consumer Reports, where she developed strategies for protecting the health, safety, privacy, and pocketbooks of consumers, and advocated for increasing the transparency and accountability of corporate and government entities. She also launched the consumer campaign for Choosing Wisely, with the ABIM (American Board of Internal Medicine) Foundation.
In early 2017, Tara founded Civic Health Partners, an independent consulting practice working with purpose-driven health organizations to improve their public engagement strategies and ethics policies. Clients have included OpenNotes, PatientsLikeMe, Trusty.care, and Consumers’ Checkbook. Observing close-up that sustainable change can only be achieved through people, Tara integrates executive coaching methods and frameworks into her practice. She works with health and health technology leaders around the world to reflect on the intersection of empathy and evidence, and supports them through the development of ethical approaches to build public trust.
Tara is an Adjunct Lecturer in Health Communication at Tufts University Medical School. She is a regular speaker at influential forums on consumer insights, health tech, ethics of big data/AI, and communications. Her work has appeared in JAMA, BMJ Opinion, and the AMA Journal of Ethics. She has served as Co-chair of the Ethics and Compliance Advisory Board for PatientsLikeMe and as a member of the Scientific Board of the Preventing Overdiagnosis collaboration. She is currently a public member on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties, where she also serves on the Ethics and Professionalism Committee.
Tara was educated at Kings College London and the London School of Economics. She has completed graduate courses in Media Management at the New School in New York and in Research Bioethics at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. She is currently exploring the human dimensions of change and the role of trust in leadership as part of her executive Mastère Spécialisé® in Consulting and Coaching for Change at HEC Paris and Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
Her professional thesis (due to be completed in the Spring of 2021) examines how successes/failures around trust relate to successes/failures of leadership through the COVID-19 pandemic–and attempts to identify what leaders can do to regain trust in institutions and support our recovery. She hopes that her learning can be applied to leadership preparedness for future public health crises and the complex systemic challenges they bring.
Roedean School (1987)
B.A. (Hons): French with Management Studies (1991)
Kings College London London, UK
Special Subject (towards B.A.): European Government (1991)
London School of Economics London, UK
One year of “License” curriculum (towards B.A.): French/English Translation (1990)
Université de Nice–Sophia Antipolis Nice, France
Graduate Certificate (coursework only): Media Management (2005)
The New School New York, New York
Graduate Course: Research Bioethics (2018)
Utrecht University, Netherlands
Mastère Spécialisé® candidate in Consulting and Coaching for Change (Expected June 2021)
HEC Paris in partnership with Saïd Business School, University of Oxford Paris, France/Oxford, UK