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Clair Whitmer

NorCal Regional Advisor of the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA)

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Clair Whitmer leads the Regional Economic Engagement team as NorCal Regional Advisor for the Office of the Small Business Advocate at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Whitmer recently served for two years as a FUSE Corps Executive Fellow for the City of Fresno Economic Development Team, helping the city to devise a strategic framework for inclusive economic development. She also ran her own small business, UpBay Express, from 2020-2023. Prior to being tapped as a FUSE Corps Fellow, Whitmer was Head of Consumer Experience for Maker Media, publisher of Make: and producers of Maker Faire, from 2014 to 2019. Whitmer has worked in Silicon Valley since the 1990s, holding positions at several major brands in product management and tech-focused journalism. While living in France, she also served as Director of Voter Outreach for the Overseas Vote Foundation. Whitmer graduated summa cum laude in Political Science from San Francisco State University and is a dual citizen of France and the United States. Her mission is to help grow her region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem in pursuit of an economy that works for everybody.

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