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Simon Tam is director of marketing and communication at StriveTogether, leading internal and external communication.
Previously, Simon was the director of marketing for organizations such as The Upper Room and Oregon Environmental Council. He is also founder of The Slants, a performing arts organization that has helped expand civil liberties for underrepresented communities through a landmark case at the Supreme Court of the United States, and The Slants Foundation, a nonprofit that helps support arts and activism projects.
Simon has been a keynote speaker, performer and presenter for TEDx, SXSW, Comic-Con and over 1,300 other events across four continents. As a communications expert, Simon designed one of the first college-accredited social media and digital marketing certificates in the United States. His approach to cultural competency in marketing has been taught to hundreds of Fortune 500 companies and public service organizations throughout North America.
In 2016, Simon joined President Barack Obama, George Takei, Jeremy Lin and other celebrities in the #ActToChange campaign to fight bullying. He has won dozens of awards for his work, including The Mark T. Banner award from the American Bar Association, the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award, the Ovation Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Alum Award from Marylhurst University.
Of all the places I have lived in, Portland, Oregon, has probably shaped me the most. While the city itself is known as a progressive hub, it was originally founded on white supremacy, and the lasting impact shows that until we actively confront the past, systems will continue to drive inequality. In that environment, I learned that the moral arc of the universe does not bend on its own — it requires patience, persistence and people willing to courageously take the necessary risks in order to move us closer to justice.