Tara Eggleston is an assistant division chief for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s (M-NCPPC) Department of Parks and Recreation. She oversees program development, marketing, and training for the department’s aquatics specialty. Eggleston is a graduate of Howard University and holds a master’s degree in sports business from New York University.
In 2010, M-NCPPC’s Department of Parks and Recreation was selected for the “Best Overall Commitment to Aquatics” award in Aquatics International magazine. In 2011, Eggleston became the author of the “Minority Report” column for Aquatics International, which highlights ways to increase minority participation in aquatics activity. In 2012, she was honored as the M-NCPPC’s “Woman of the Year,” received an VIP award from the department, and was recognized as one of Aquatics International magazine’s “Power 25” for her community and diversity work within the aquatics industry. In 2013, her aquatics team received the “Excellence in Programming Award” from the Association of Aquatic Professionals (AOAP) and the “Director’s Innovative Program of the Year Award” from the Department of Parks and Recreation for a collaborative, grant-funded water safety and learn-to-swim program with the Prince George’s County public schools system.
Eggleston completed the Leadership Prince George’s program and is currently serving as a member of the organization’s board. She is the current Aquatics Network chair for the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), an instructor for NRPA’s National Aquatic Management School, and is the current conference chair for the 2014 AOAP Conference and Exposition.