Tappan is a veteran organizer with nearly two decades of nonprofit experience working in civic engagement, environment, and social justice.
Tappan started as a HeadCount Field Volunteer when the organization was founded in 2004. In 2009, Tappan moved into national leadership, initially focused on growing and training HeadCount’s field team. Since that time she has been an integral part of the growth of the field program, more than doubling the number of active markets and tripling the number of volunteers, and developed a comprehensive national training program for voter registration and information. She developed HeadCount’s Field Organizer program to expand and increase HeadCount’s impact in new, and often underserved, markets.
Tappan manages information and strategic partnerships to support HeadCount’s national voter information programs, including HeadCount’s successful voter information hub that prepares over 3 million visitors annually for their upcoming elections.
She successfully leads HeadCount’s annual partnership with National Voter Registration Day in the field, specifically by developing one of the initiative’s largest coordinated national field campaigns. In 2018, Tappan helped develop the field voter registration campaign partnership for March for Our Lives in Washington DC on March 24 and supported many other sister market marches as the official field partner, and later the Road to Change Bus Tour.
Outside of HeadCount, Tappan worked as the Outreach Director for WakeUP Wake County, an environmental and smart growth nonprofit in Raleigh, North Carolina. Through that role, she coordinated coalition-based transit advocacy efforts locally and throughout North Carolina. She has served as a Board Member and Chair for The Beehive Collective, an innovative philanthropy organization focused on empowering women and incubating local nonprofits.
Currently, Tappan holds two appointments, as At-Large District Advisory Council member to the Wake County Board of Education and a member of the City of Raleigh’s Stormwater Management Advisory Commission. These roles provide an opportunity for Tappan to influence policy and citizen experience in two of her greatest passions, public education, and the environment.
Tappan lives in Raleigh, NC with her family.