“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart

Tara Clark

Associate Financial Planner

Tara joined Goddard Financial Planning in 2020, after a decade as a software engineer, working for many big industry players, including Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, and BlackBerry. She has always loved puzzles, math, and spreadsheets, surprising none of her friends and family with her career change.

It was important to Tara to work for a firm that matches her values and charges clients in the same way she would want to pay for financial planning. Goddard’s team and fee-for-service approach to planning drew Tara in and she’s enjoyed working with our variety of clients so far.

Tara supports the existing planners in the firm by preparing for meetings, taking notes, pulling together clients’ data, drafting spreadsheets, and sharing her love of keyboard shortcuts. She looks forward to the opportunity of working directly with clients and impacting people’s lives in a meaningful way.

Favorite financial podcast/book

The Fairer Cents (podcast)

“You Need A Budget” by Jesse Mecham and “Work Optional” by Tanja Hester

Interesting early jobs

First software engineering internship in college was at IBM in Germany and spent 2.5 months working out of Amazon’s Paris office in 2010.

Outside the office

An avid reader, reading on average a book per week in recent years, and walker, including walk commuting to our office. Loves the annual Northwest Chocolate Festival in Magnolia.

Hometown

Vancouver area, British Columbia, Canada

Education and Certifications

Bachelor of Computer Science, Joint Honours French; University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Candidate for CFP® certification

Industry affiliations

Member, Financial Planning Association of Puget Sound

VITA Volunteer at the Seattle Public Library, preparing tax returns for lower-income households

Year Tara joined Goddard

2020