Vice President of Public Policy
& Economic Research
Sean Karafin, as the Vice President of Public Policy and Economic Research, oversees day-to-day activity of the public policy department and economic research efforts while managing the policy positions and agendas for the Chamber’s various policy committees. Sean joined the staff in early 2015 where he was an integral part of the public policy team and led economic research. His commentary has appeared in numerous media outlets on behalf of the Chamber including KPBS, San Diego Union-Tribune, and Voice of San Diego.
Sean has served and currently serves on multiple boards and committees including the Regional Taskforce on the Homeless Board, the City of San Diego’s Sustainable Energy Advisory Board, the Water Reliability Coalition, the Circulate San Diego Policy Committee, the United Way Policy Committee, and the North Park Community Association Board among others.
Before 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 in the areas of taxation, efficient use of public resources, and good governance.
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 resides in the San Diego community of North Park with his wife and young son.