Ms. Charlene Tarver, Director
Appointed: December 2013

Ms. Charlene Tarver, Director

In 2017 Charlene Tarver established the Women’s Economic Institute, Inc—a non-profit policy and advocacy group providing workforce development, leadership training, mentoring, and technical assistance to women entrepreneurs.  Tarver also leads the Tarver Consulting Group—a Phoenix based business and economic development firm.

Previously she worked with the Tarver Law Group (Phoenix, AZ), the Antitrust Bureau of the Attorney General's Office (New York, NY), the Mayor's Office in Oakland, CA, and Wilmer Cutler and Pickering (Washington, DC).

Ms. Tarver has been active with charitable and civic boards, including the Greater Scottsdale Boys and Girls Club; the Arizona Foundation for Women (Sandra Day O'Connor Scholarship Chair); Jack and Jill of America, Inc.; Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.; Homeward Bound; City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board, District 8 Advisory Board to former Councilwoman Kate Gallego; City of Phoenix Pension Reform Task Force and TGEN. She also has more than 20 years experience performing charitable tax planning having served as a planned giving professional for tax-exempt organizations such as Georgetown University, the ASU Foundation and Phoenix Children's Hospital Foundation. She currently serves on the Georgetown University African American Advisory Board, the Phoenix IDA and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s African American Advisory Board. 

Ms. Tarver holds a Legal master’s in taxation and a Certificate in Employee Benefits Law from Georgetown University School of Law, a Juris Doctorate from the University at Buffalo School of Law, and a bachelor’s from NYU. 

Ms. Tarver is a fellow of Leading for Change and the Flinn Brown Civic Leadership Academy and author of Unleashing Your Power House

She and her identical twin daughters reside in Phoenix.