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TARA WICKER

PROVEN EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP

EFFECTIVE LEADER

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ABOUT  TARA WICKER

  • Established Metro-Council Blight Committee

  • Established the Community-Police Ambassador Program

  • Organized the "One Blood" Unity March to unify and heal racial tension in BR

  • Organized the City of Baton Rouge "Call to Prayer" in response to the crime and violence in BR

  • Served as Chairman of EBR Planning Commission

  • Authored Legislation for the creation of SBR and Mid City Arts and Cultural Districts

  • Facilitated demolition of more than 185 dilapidated structures in EBR Parish

Tara Wicker was born and raised in the city of Baton Rouge, LA. She is the First Lady of Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church, which she and her husband, Pastor Michael Wicker, founded in January of 2014. She also served for 12 years as City Councilwoman for the City of Baton Rouge, serving the constituents of District 10. She was the Chairman of the Finance and Executive Committee and chaired the Metropolitan Council Budget Hearings.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Tara has a Master's Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Public Policy Analysis. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. Tara served in the Office of the Mayor-President for the City of Baton Rouge as Assistant Chief Administrative Officer during Mayor Bobby Simpson's administration. For several years she worked as a Program Officer and Community Organizer for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Here, she established five local Community Development Corporations (CDCs) and championed other community revitalization efforts throughout the City Baton Rouge.

 

Also, Tara served as Executive Assistant for the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and was the Chairman for the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging. She served for several years as Chairman of the East Baton Rouge Parish Planning Commission and was an active member of the Capital Region Planning Commission (CRPC) Tara served as a United Way Board Member and was the Chairman for the Community Investment Cabinet and Co-Chaired the Women's Leadership Council.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Tara is a dedicated and passionate Christian and community activist who believes strongly in the value of the family unit. She has lived and worked throughout the City of Baton Rouge for most of her life and career. 

COMMUNITY SERVANT

  • Expanded After-School Tutoring and Computer Program

  • Established Annual Eddie Robinson Football Camp

  • Re-established SBR Annual Christmas Parade

  • Established the City-Parish Annual Toy Drive Challenge

  • Raised funds and established the Summer Mid City Exposure Camp for underprivileged kids

  • Facilitated and help secure approval of Knock, Knock Children's Museum

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FAMILY

Tara has been married for 28 years to her high school sweetheart, Michael Wicker. Michael is a former  Louisiana State Trooper, current pastor of Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church, and owner of Kingdom Builders Construction. She is the mother of six children, Tya, Trinity, Michael-Joel, Mya, Magnus, and Mailey-Grace. Tara's passion is urban community revitalization, small-business development, and ministry to the total person. She is the Co-Founder of the Lighthouse Christian Community Foundation. Tara and her husband, Michael host and teach several Life Academies, including Couple's Academy International, Wealth Academy, Rebuild Academy, Young Kings and Young Queen's Academy (ages 5 to 17), Boys to Men, Ladies-In-Waiting (ages 18 to 25), and Health Academy. In addition, they helped establish several community initiatives including Quality Subs Employment Services and Faithfully Employed Training System to help train, employ, house, and equip individuals in becoming productive, sustainable, and employable.