District 3 Commissioner Tarenia Carthan is a native of Atlanta and holds a Computer Information Systems degree and a Bachelor of Science degree as a graduate of Atlanta Christian College. As an entrepreneur and minority business owner of a health technology-consulting firm, Commissioner Carthan has served in the healthcare and technology sectors for over 20 years.
Her dedication to excellence in the medical and technology field may be seen in her philanthropic work that includes co-founding the Angels N Tech/Angels N Me Foundation which was created to benefit young girls and encourage them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). In recognition of her work in the field, Commissioner Carthan was recognized as an Outstanding Entrepreneur by Who’s Who in Black Atlanta.
Currently, Vice-Chair Elect for the Douglas County Board of Commissioners 2023-2024, Commissioner Carthan is passionate about service to her community and providing opportunities for minority business owners to gain experience and grow their business. During her first year as a Commissioner, Carthan sponsored legislation to put into place Douglas County’s first MBE to ensure the county would do business with disadvantaged businesses when seeking procurement of goods and services. So far, that initiative has landed MBE’s in the county to gain more than 50% of the current SPLOST spend in services.
In 2016, Carthan was selected as a member of both the Georgia WIN Leadership and Douglas County Citizens Academy. In 2020, Commissioner Carthan was appointed by National Association of Counties (NACo) President Gary Moore to serve on the Community, Economic Development, and Workforce Development Steering Committee and serve as the Economic Development Subcommittee Vice-Chair for 2020-2021.
For 2021-2022, Commissioner Carthan has been appointed to serve on the Health Steering Committee of the National Association of Counties (NACo) by newly elected NACo President Larry Johnson as Vice-Chair for the Medicaid and Indigent Care subcommittee and as a member of the Programs and Services Standing Committee.
Commissioner Carthan is a proud mother of 4 beautiful daughters all in STEAM-related fields of study and work. During her spare time, she serves as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and a member of The Links Incorporated, while volunteering in both her community and church to ensure others have during their time of need.
One of her favorite quotes is by Mother Teresa; "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless".