Administrator for Special Projects
USC AMP SoCal
Tomás Durán has more than 15 years of economic development experience in low income communities of Southern California. He applies his finance, new market tax credits, and redevelopment skills to develop innovative and sustainable economic development solutions to help businesses grow.
Tomas provides technical assistance to manufacturers in the defense supply chain though the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California’s Strengthening Competitiveness Program, an initiative of the Center for Economic Development in the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. In his role as an Administrator for Special Projects, Tomás works with manufactures to improve their branding/messaging, increase access to capital, support their growth and develop succession plans.
In addition to his work at USC, Tomás is President of Concerned Capital, a social benefit corporation dedicated to helping private companies create and save jobs in Southern California’s urban communities through the creative use of government incentives and financing programs. He and his team developed the Transfer of Ownership (TOO) Program, which recycles and re-purposes community-based small manufacturing companies by transferring ownership from retiring owners to long term employees. Tomas previously worked as a Program Manager for the Whittier Redevelopment Agency and as Vice President of Real Estate for Genesis LA Economic Growth Corporation.
Tomás is a 2018 ASPEN Institute Job Quality Fellow, a 2016 Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) fellow and currently serves on the BALLE Board of Directors. Since 2010, he has served on the Community Advisory Board for Dudley Ventures Community Investment, a recipient of more than $350 million of New Market Tax Credit allocation. He volunteers with the Dads Clubs at his sons’ schools and serves as a referee in the local AYSO soccer league.
Tomás married his college sweetheart and lives in Whittier, CA with her and their two sons. He received a Master’s in Planning from the University of Southern California and is a part time Instructor for the Price School of Public Policy.