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SlipStream Strategy sprung from the conviction that curiosity and creative mash ups nurture positive change.
Tamsin Smith is a social entrepreneur who works with brands, non-profits, and individuals to architect and execute good ideas that matter to the world. As founder of SlipStreamStrategy, she builds creative collaborations, public campaigns, and consumer movements that make it easier and more fun for regular people to realize global impact. She works with global philanthropic leaders like the United Nations Foundation to push the bounds of what is possible when innovative tools and inspired stories are leveraged for social change.
For the three years prior to forming SlipStreamStrategy, Tamsin served as president of (RED), the for-benefit brand that harnesses private-sector ingenuity and influence to activate the buying power of the public in the fight against AIDS in Africa. She was recruited in early 2006, by (RED) founders Bono and Bobby Shriver to launch the program internationally and build an organization to support and sustain its rapid growth. (RED) has generated over $340 million for HIV and AIDS programs in Swaziland, Ghana, Lesotho, Zambia, and Rwanda, 100 percent of which is targeted for programs on the ground in those countries.
Tamsin helped expand (RED)’s corporate partnerships to include Converse, Gap, Motorola, Emporio Armani, Apple, Hallmark, Dell, Microsoft, Starbucks, and American Express (UK only). During her tenure, (RED) spearheaded the publication of Vanity Fair’s Africa issue, which was guest-edited by Bono; organized a historic Sotheby’s (RED) art auction with Damien Hirst, and created a digital music magazine, (RED)WIRE, showcasing exclusive songs from major artists and stories about African culture.
With a background in economic development, political engagement, and corporate social responsibility, Tamsin is broadly recognized as a driving force behind the creation of trade ties with lesser-developed countries and as a champion of building sustainable business opportunities for entrepreneurs and workers, particularly in Africa and Central America. Prior to joining (RED), she shepherded Gap Inc.’s public-policy strategy, joining the global specialty retailer in 1997, to create and lead the company’s government affairs department for nine years. She began her career with six years on Capitol Hill, serving as senior legislative assistant to two members of the U.S. House of Representatives and associate staff to the House Appropriations Committee.
Tamsin graduated summa cum laude from Kenyon College, with highest honors in literature. She holds a Masters in Law & Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and is a member of the 2009 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute. Tamsin is also a poet and essayist. She lives in San Francisco with her two children.