Who We Are

Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) is a regional member-supported
nonprofit organization consisting of public, private, and civic entities located throughout
the counties of Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz. Founded in 2015, our mission
is to improve the economic health and quality of life in the region.

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Meet Our Team Members

Our staff helps convene people to find solutions, catalyze new regional resources, and share best practices across the Monterey Bay region.

Tahra Goraya

President & CEO

Celeste L. Baird

Director of Economic & Community Development

Alia Elyas

Policy & Research Associate

Jessica Gilden

Marketing & Communications Manager

Matt Huerta

Director of Housing

Ameer Othman

Director of Economic Development & Digital Equity

Jahyzanna Wieder

Administrative & Operations Manager