Sean Karafin

Sean Karafin

Sean Karafin

Executive Director, Policy
& Economic Research

In early 2015, Sean joined the staff at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce as Executive Director, Policy and Economic Research where he is an integral part of the public policy team and leads economic research. Prior to joining the Chamber, Sean served in multiple roles at the San Diego County Taxpayers Association including as Interim President and CEO from March through June of 2014. At the Taxpayers Association, Sean directed numerous policy and research efforts and his commentary regularly appeared in media outlets including KPBS, UT San Diego, and Voice of San Diego.

Prior to entering the non-profit sector, Sean held positions at two economic consulting firms: Applied Development Economics in the San Francisco Bay Area, and BW Research Partnership in North San Diego County. In these roles, Sean worked with numerous municipalities to make economic and fiscal policy decisions based on comprehensive research and sound analysis.

A San Diego native, he received a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University in Economics and a master’s degree in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Sean and his wife reside in the San Diego community of North Park.

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