Honoree Name: Tara Vargas Wallace
Company: Amplify POC, Hyannis
Career background / highlights: Twenty years working in human services with marginalized populations with severe socio-economic challenges. Creating and building Amplify POC. Barnstable County Human Rights 2020 Unsung Hero Award, citation from state Sen. Julian Cyr (2020). Graduate of Leadership Cape Cod, 2020.
Eastern Region Politics and Civic Leadership Platform Coordinator of the Massachusetts Women of Color Coalition. I also serve on the boards of NAACP — Cape Cod Branch, Massachusetts Women of Color Coalition, MLK Jr. Action Team, People Against Trafficking Humans, and Housing Assistance Corporation and the Cape Cod Times Diversity Committee.
Favorite professional moment: I have had many impactful moments over the years working in human services, including when a previous homeless client purchased their first home, or when a domestic violence client won their case in court against their abuser, or when my sober client became a drug and alcohol counselor. Watching the light come back into a person’s eyes after they’ve been lost in the dark for so long and having some small part in that process has been the most rewarding part of my 20-year career.
Who is your role model / mentor? Too many to list. I make it a point to pay homage to all of those who came before me who have fought the good fight and to learn something from everyone I meet.
What mistake has taught you the most? I used to shrink myself when someone was intimidated by my light. I learned that shrinking myself only blocked my blessings and the gifts I have that are meant to be shared with the world. I no longer dim my light to make others comfortable.
What one book has impacted your life? “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison.
What is your superpower? I connect and amplify people.
Where can you be found on the weekends?
At the beach or at home. I’m a big homebody and enjoy my alone time.