Johanna Bear
Communications Associate
  Carlisle, PA
Tara Stark
Executive Assistant // Policy Associate
  Harrisburg, PA


About Our Staff

Jason Landau Goodman
Jason is the founding Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Youth Congress. He has been a leader in the LGBTQ youth movement for over seven years as the first person to work directly and specifically with LGBTQ youth on the statewide level in Pennsylvania.

A fifth-generation Pennsylvanian, Jason is from Lower Merion Township. He is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (C’11, Design’14), and a current law student at the University of Pittsburgh. Jason started and spearheaded the work for a local non-discrimination ordinance in Lower Merion Township, which was unanimously adopted in 2010, making the township the first municipality in Montgomery County to do so. Jason is a 2010 Jonathan Lax Scholar and has been named one of the top 12 LGBT Youth Leaders in the United States by Campus Pride. The Philadelphia Gay News named him 2010 runner-up for Person of the Year, a 2013 Person to Watch, and Best Youth in 2015. In 2011, he was invited by the White House as one of five college youth in the nation to President Obama’s LGBT Pride Month Reception. In 2012 he was selected by the White House to participate in the first LGBT Emerging Leaders program. He spoke at the United Nations for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia in 2017. His work in the LGBTQ community has been profiled in newspaper articles and online blogs across the country.

Tara Stark
Tara joined PYC’s staff in June 2016. She serves as both the Executive Assistant and a Policy Associate. Born and raised in Norristown, Tara has called York home for nearly five years. She is involved in many local LGBTQ community efforts in York County.