Simon Tam is an award-winning musician, author, entrepreneur, and social justice activist.
Simon is best known as the founder and bassist of The Slants, the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance rock band. His approach to activism through the arts has been highlighted in thousands of media features across 82 countries, including: BBC World News, NPR, TIME Magazine, NBC, and the New York Times.
Since 2000, he has been a performer, presenter, and keynote at events and organizations such as TEDx, SXSW, Comic-Con, The Department of Defense, Stanford University, Harvard University, and over 1,200 others across North America, Europe, and Asia. He has set a record by appearing on the TEDx stage 10 times.
Simon has been fighting a landmark case against the United States Trademark Office, which recently helped expand constitutional rights for marginalized communities. The case is now pending before the Supreme Court.
Simon designed one of the first college-accredited social media certificate programs in the United States. He has led the strategic communications efforts of two of Oregon’s largest higher education institutions, winning him over a dozen awards in marketing while serving over 130,000 students across the Northwest.
Recently, he was named a “Portland Rising Star” from the Light a Fire Awards, received a “Distinguished Alum Award” from Marylhurst University, and was twice nominated for Portland Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” List.
Simon is the Marketing Director at Oregon Environmental Council and an adjunct professor at Marylhurst University, Portland Community College, and Linn-Benton Community College. He is currently serving as a founding member on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Center for Human Rights, is a member of the Policy and Equity Committee for the Jade District, is a Community Representative on the Cultural Resource Centers Advisory Council for Portland State University, a member of the The Office of Neighborhood Involvement Bureau Advisory Committee and participates in numerous committees for the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon.