Tia T. Gordon, an award-winning, global communications strategist who has advocated for women’s rights around the world, is the chief communications officer of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Gordon, who is also a diversity and inclusion thought leader, previously served as chief of communications and advocacy for UN Women and as vice president of global communications at Catalyst, a nonprofit that works with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies to build workplaces that are well-suited for women.
In both of her previous roles, which she held during the height of the global #MeToo movement, Gordon successfully led ambitious awareness campaigns to address gender equality, sexual violence and sexual harassment of all women. She continues to advocate and serve as a key spokesperson on women’s rights.
At the SPLC, Gordon oversees strategy and design for the organization’s earned media, editorial, digital/social media and creative departments.
Gordon’s work has long centered on justice and equity. In 2008, she launched TTG+PARTNERS, a boutique communications consultancy that specializes in starting thoughtful conversations on race, ethnicity and diversity. The company spotlights the challenges among college students who come from marginalized and underserved communities in the United States. It quickly became one of the most sought-after creative companies in the higher education community, resulting in client-partnerships with some of the nation’s top colleges and universities, Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit organizations.
Earlier in her career, Gordon developed and led the U.S. lodging industry’s historic national diversity and inclusion initiative while at the American Hotel & Lodging Association. She advised CEOs, chief diversity officers and other C-Suite executives at leading hotel companies to ensure the lodging industry provided increased career opportunities for marginalized communities, including people of color, women and LGBTQ people.
Gordon, who is based in Washington, D.C., is a graduate of Washington Adventist University with a bachelor’s degree in communications. She also has a master’s degree in public communications from American University.