WASHINGTON, D.C. – Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) today announced that Tia T. Gordon, an award-winning global communications strategist, has joined the organization as Chief Communications Officer. Tia will oversee strategy and design for the organization’s earned media, editorial, digital/social and creative departments.
“Tia was a natural choice for SPLC given her proven leadership in championing justice, equity, diversity and inclusion,” said Margaret Huang, SPLC CEO. “She possesses the energy, ingenuity and enthusiasm we need to further advance our work in dismantling white nationalism, eradicating poverty, protecting voting rights, as well as decriminalizing and decarcerating Black and Brown people. We’re excited to have such a transformational figure join our team.”
Prior to joining SPLC, Tia served as the Chief of Communications and Advocacy for United Nations Women and was Vice President of Global Communications at Catalyst. In both roles — 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 around the world. She continues to advocate and serve as a key spokesperson on women’s rights.
In 2008, Gordon launched TTG+PARTNERS, a boutique communications consultancy specializing in starting thoughtful conversations on race, ethnicity and diversity—aiming to reach out to and spotlight the challenges among college students who come from marginalized and underserved communities in the United States. Her firm 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.
“I’m honored to join an organization with such a rich and impactful history of social justice as SPLC,” said Tia. “I can think of no other moment in my lifetime in which SPLC’s mission and advocacy are needed more to chart the course for an equitable and racially-just future. This is truly purpose-driven work and I look forward to working with a dynamic team of professionals committed to making real change and driving deep impact for civil rights in the U.S. for many generations to come.”
Tia will join The Center at the end of August and will be based in Washington, D.C.
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