Tamiko M. Gaines, M.A., M.B.A.
Director, Institutional Relations and Development

Tamiko is the Director of Institutional Relations and Development at HM.CLAUSE, a French-owned global agribusiness organization specializing in the breeding, production and commercialization of vegetable seeds varieties for professional growers. HM.CLAUSE is 100% dedicated to vegetable seeds, with over 2,000 varieties in more than 20 vegetable crops, and is among the top 5 vegetable seed entities in the world. With 2 main laboratories in the United States and France, 12 research centers, and 16 commercial subsidiaries, HM.CLAUSE provides innovative science-based solutions to professional growers in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Prior to leading the Department of Institutional Relations and Development at HM.CLAUSE, Tamiko served successively as the global organization’s Public Relations Manager and Head of Public Affairs.

Before joining HM.CLAUSE in 2009, Tamiko spent more than 15 years in global marketing management, international and domestic sales, and university level teaching.

Named a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar in 1987, Tamiko earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from UCLA, with Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and 4 year National Dean’s List honors. She went on to earn a Global Marketing Management MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA (1996). As an International Management Fellow, she also completed 1 year of DESS Marketing graduate studies at IAE in Aix-en-Provence, France. Tamiko later earned a Master of Arts degree and completed all doctoral coursework for a Ph.D. in French Literature, with a specialization in Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies, from the University of Southern California.

Tamiko currently serves on various institutional advisory boards and executive committees, including serving on the ASTA FuSE Organizing Committee; serving as Chair of the Economic Development Committee and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Davis, California Chamber of Commerce; and serving on the Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC) for the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.