Director of Economic Development
Port of Portland
Tamara Kennedy is the Director of Economic Development for the Port of Portland in the Trade and Equitable development division. The Port of Portland’s mission is to build shared prosperity for the region through travel, trade, and economic development. In this role Tamara partners with leadership and external partners in the region to attract investment, design workforce pipeline strategies, international trade strategy and equitable development initiatives for industry clusters in advanced manufacturing and climate tech. Kennedy-Hill serves on the boards of Black United Fund of Oregon, Greater Portland Inc., NW Xcelerator and is Co-Chair of the board for Transition Projects. She holds an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the University of Portland and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Marylhurst University. Tamara’s passion is to align human potential with positive community impact. She is co-founder of Portland’s My People’s Market, an equitable marketplace for entrepreneurs of color in the greater Portland region.