Tara Colton

Executive Vice President for Special Projects

Tara Colton is Executive Vice President for Special Projects at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA). In this role, she is responsible for developing and managing a range of projects that align with the State of New Jersey’s Economic Development strategic vision, including implementation of Governor Murphy’s JobsNJ plan, the Food Desert Relief Act, and comprehensive poverty alleviation initiatives.
Tara has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the public and nonprofit sectors, focused on developing and advancing innovative programs and services for workers, families, students, and businesses.  Prior to joining the NJEDA in February 2020, Tara was Executive Director of Seedco, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing economic opportunity for people, businesses and communities in need. She has held leadership positions in the New York City Mayor’s Office and NYC Department of Education, and at the nonprofits FEGS Health & Human Services and the Center for an Urban Future.
Tara received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Wesleyan University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. She lives in Maplewood with her family.