Patara Harper

AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Mesha Allen is AmeriCorps VISTA Leader with Campus Compact. She is based in Minneapolis, MN.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Patara currently serves as a VISTA Leader for Campus Compact in Minneapolis, MN. Patara first served in 2001 at the Community Centers of Indianapolis and more recently as an Equity VISTA with the city of Saint Paul in 2023. Patara holds a Bachelor's degree in Adult and Career Education and a Master's in Career and Technical Education from Indiana State University. Patara's dedication to service led her to join Beyond Walls as an advisory board member. Beyond Walls is a year-round after-school program that empowers marginalized youth in grades 6th-12th through education, enrichment, health and wellness, and social and emotional development. In her free time, she enjoys treating her debonair doggies Pennie and Quartermane to pupcups.

Core Expertise:

  • Community Outreach
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives
  • Education and Training                                       
  • Youth Development