The California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) supports economic growth and innovation and ensures that ALL California small businesses and innovative startups have the information and direct support they need to better navigate resources, programs and regulations. CalOSBA serves as the voice of small business, representing their views and interests across the state and advocating for equitable access to capital, markets, and networks so that all California small businesses successfully start, manage, grow and become more resilient.

The entire team at CalOSBA are pleased to announce and welcome Tara Lynn Gray, CEO of the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce, as the newly appointed Small Business Advocate & Director of the California Office of the Small Business Advocate.

Gray’s extensive experience & dedication to small businesses, entrepreneurs, and startups makes her a perfect fit to continue helping the small business community across the state.

Gray has also worked for the Chamber Foundation since 2017 and Chief Executive Officer of YADARI Enterprises since 2004.

She was President of Ecopia Information Technology Consulting from 2000 to 2002. She was Senior Telecommunications Project Manager and Network Engineer for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan from 1995 to 1999, Client Side Systems Engineer for Lotus Development Corporation in 1995 and IT Director for Ross-Dove Company Auctioneers in 1989.

She is a member of Black Women Organized for Political Action, Abundant Life Worship Center, the California Black Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Foundation Board, Central Valley New Markets Tax Credit LLC Advisory Board, the California Small Business Employer Advisory Council, Caltrans Small Business Council and California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, Hospital Supplier Diversity Commission.

Gray earned a Master of Theology degree in Christian studies from Grand Canyon University.