Bianca Tirado

Director, Strategic Initiatives

Bianca Tirado currently serves as Director, Strategic Initiatives at the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership, a collaboration of economic development partners in the South Bend – Elkhart region, which encompasses 47 communities in northern Indiana and southwest Michigan. The organization serves as a single point of contact for regional communication and seeks to advance economic opportunities for all partner members through collaborative promotion, marketing, and capacity building efforts.

As Director, Strategic Initiatives, Bianca provides management and coordination for the Talent Attraction and Retention, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives of the Regional Partnership. She works closely with Regional Partnership staff and dozens of cross-sector partners to implement projects and events while engaging diverse communities and stakeholders.

Prior to joining the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership in 2022, Bianca served the City of South Bend as Chief Deputy City Clerk/Chief of Staff and Deputy City Clerk/Director of Policy, where she worked to support the city's goal of open and transparent government and served as liaison between the South Bend Common Council, the general public and businesses seeking to do business with the city. Prior to the city, she held the position of Honors Advisor with American Honors, where she advised and counseled a group of more than 60 honors students and was an Adjunct Professor at Ivy Tech Community College, teaching an honors student seminar. She also acted as the Assistant Director, Student Involvement & Multicultural Services at Saint Mary’s College.

Education and Professional Accreditations

  • Executive Master of Nonprofit Administration, University of Notre Dame – Mendoza College of Business, Notre Dame, Ind.
  • B.A. in African American and African Diaspora Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.

Civic Involvement

  • Member, Hoosier Women Forward, Inc.
  • Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Board Member, South Bend Civic Theatre

Fun Fact About Bianca

  • She comes from a family of chefs and loves to cook.

Regional Favorites

Restaurant:Cinco 5 International Restaurant in South Bend, Ind.”

Outdoor Activity: “Walking my Goldendoodle, Reko at Howard Park in South Bend, Ind.”

Shop:Birds Gotta Fly, Elkhart, Ind.”

Cultural Activity: “Attending the Elkhart Jazz Festival annually”

Best Way to Spend a Saturday in the Region:South Bend Farmers Market and then lunch at Oh Mamma’s Cheese Shop.“

More information available for reference on Bianca's LinkedIn profile.