Taryn MacFarlane currently serves as Vice President, Regional 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 Vice President, Regional Initiatives, Taryn serves as the primary staff administrator for the Northern Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) and supports the Regional Partnership’s implementation of the READI grant program. She brings expertise in grant writing, management, and administration to the Regional Partnership. Taryn has provided extensive technical assistance to grantees across the nation around program outcomes, program administration, and fiscal reporting.
Prior to joining the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership in 2022, Taryn held senior strategy and management roles at philanthropy organizations and at Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, a national leader in workforce and higher education transformation projects. She is skilled at developing public, private, and philanthropic collaborations and partnerships in regions around the U.S. to grow economic prosperity and opportunity. Taryn’s extensive background includes data analysis and using data to develop action strategies, as well as developing and implementing large scale, multi-year learning networks for nonprofits in regions across the U.S.