Chief Executive Officer
Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce & Chamber Foundation
As Chief Executive Officer of the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce (FMBCC) and Chamber Foundation (FMBCF), Tara Lynn Gray is engaging, educating, and empowering small businesses in California’s Central Valley. As the leader of a 19-year-old Community Based Organization, she is a visionary breaking new ground in non-traditional spaces. She has been instrumental in the design and development of one of the most groundbreaking community-level shared mobility programs in the country.
She has leveraged the green economy to advance equity, developed an employment & training program in green jobs for young adults 18-24 years old, and manages a network of organizations working to advance electric vehicle ownership. As part of the region’s DRIVE Investment Plan, Gray is leading the local initiative Betting Big on Small Businesses Owned by Women and People of Color which aims to provide economic mobility for entrepreneurs in disinvested neighborhoods. In closing opportunity gaps, providing entrepreneur education & technical assistance that is culturally competent, the initiative seeks to grow POC small businesses to scale, create local jobs, and close the wealth gap for Black and Brown households.
Gray’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA; a Master of Arts in Christian Studies from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ; a Management Development for Entrepreneurs Certificate, UCLA Anderson School of Business; and various Information Technology certifications.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
2:05 PM – 2:50 PM EDT