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Kristi Tanner
Senior Managing Director for Automotive, JobsOhio

Kristi Tanner is the JobsOhio Senior Managing Director for Automotive. A member of the economic development organization’s leadership team, Tanner was instrumental in the transition and startup of JobsOhio, the private, nonprofit created by Governor John Kasich and the Ohio legislature to lead the state’s job creation efforts.

Prior to joining JobsOhio, Tanner served as Assistant Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Ohio Department of Development.

Tanner is an experienced marketing and economic development professional who worked closely with the Department in her role at the Ohio Business Development Coalition, where she marketed state initiatives such as Ohio’s HiVelocity electronic magazine and Ohio Third Frontier, both of which work to support and grow Ohio’s technology industry.

Tanner has led economic development efforts at the local, regional, and state levels, including establishing the first Governor’s Regional Economic Development Office in southern Ohio. She also oversaw many of the Ohio Department of Development’s business incentive programs while serving in various leadership positions within the organization.

A graduate of Morehead State University in Kentucky, Tanner earned a degree in Communications and Marketing. She is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council and served several years as a member of Ohio’s Development Finance Advisory Council.

Tanner and her husband, Tony, live in Columbus with their two daughters.