Prior to consulting, Talar spent years advocating for affordable, accessible, equitable and high-quality public higher education. As an appointee of Governor Jerry Brown on the California State University – Board of Trustees, Talar shaped policies for the largest public university system in the United States. Most recently, in her role as Government Relations Director for the UCSA, Talar implemented the legislative priorities and advocacy strategies of the University of California students in Sacramento and Washington D.C. Her efforts resulted in state reinvestment of public dollars to both California university systems and the first decrease in UC student tuition in nearly two decades.
She is a public affairs professional with experience in government affairs, community engagement and coalition building. Talar earned her degree in Journalism, with an emphasis in Public Relations, and Political Science from California State University, Northridge. At CSUN, Talar was elected twice as Vice President of the student body. She is also a graduate of the Panetta Institute of Public Policy and the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs.
A native Angeleno, Talar values civic engagement and the importance of giving back. She regularly volunteers with local organizations, including the Armenian National Committee of America, and enjoys exploring LA’s diverse food scene.