Cara Turano is the Technology Association of Oregon’s (TAO) Chief Community Engagement Officer and Chief of Staff. She manages a portfolio at TAO that includes regional executive engagement, cybersecurity programming, and workforce development with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. A graduate of UGA and UNC, she began her career in tech before it was cool leading human resources, sales and software development teams. In working with startups to large enterprise organizations, Cara has navigated high growth, rebuilding, acquisition and the occasional misstep. In 2016, she joined the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) as Chief Development Officer, leading community engagement and strategic membership growth efforts.
Cara serves in a national role with the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) as a Diversity & Inclusion Volunteer Specialist and sits on the Nominating Committee for the Tech Councils of North America (TECNA). She also serves on the Board of Directors for Worksystems, Inc., the Steering Committee for Prosper Portland’s TechTown Diversity Pledge and as a member of the Oregon Cyber Advisory Council (OCAC). She is the recipient a 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle and a 2017 UGA Alumni Association Top 40 Under 40. In her free time, Cara runs a lot, looking for spare change, a topic that earned her a TEDxPeachtree TEDx talk spot in 2017.
Reach Out to Cara with Questions About:
- Leadership Exchange
- Talent Development and DE&I Initiatives (including Power Pairing and TechTown)