Amber Tarrac

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Amber Tarrac is a second-generation San Diegan with over two decades of experience serving local and state government and non-profit sectors, economic and workforce development, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), communications, marketing, and administered over $22 million in small business and community grant programs and over $15 million in workforce development contracts. Amber has worked for the state Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development, where she led Southern California entrepreneurship and outreach efforts and the Employment Training Panel, where she administered workforce training contracts. Amber served as the Economic Developer for the cities of Miami Beach, Florida and Escondido, California, and worked for the County of San Diego for eleven years, including as a policy advisor for an elected official. In the non-profit sector, she served as the President and CEO/Advisor for the San Diego County Latino Association and supported the California State Association of Counties Institute to provide professional development training to California’s 58 counties. She is a Municipal Management Association of Southern California member and conference speaker, is a Certified Economic Developer at the state and international levels, and is a state economic development instructor. She is bilingual in Spanish and attended San Diego State University, where she earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration, a Master of Public Administration, and is grateful to serve as a professor of public administration. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking with her dog, Niko, and salsa dancing.

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