Bio

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, TED talks, 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, Rotary International, and over 1,200 others across North America, Europe, and Asia.

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 delivered 5 TED talks.

Simon is the Marketing Director at Oregon Environmental Council and an adjunct professor at both Marylhurst University 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 and is a member of the advisory board for Business for Culture & the Arts and the Policy and Equity Committee for the Jade District.

You can find Simon’s appearance schedule, writing, and current projects at: http://www.simontam.biz

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