Tara Graham is the Director of Global Community Development at 500 Startups, a top-rated venture capital fund and startup accelerator based in the heart of Silicon Valley, where she leads content and direction for conferences & Geeks On A Plane world tours with aim to educate audiences and grow the #500STRONG community.
Graham previously taught online research and web production classes to undergraduate students in the International and Area Studies Academic Program at the University of California, Berkeley. She also worked as the Director and Executive Producer of Digital Media Projects at the Blum Center for Developing Economies (where she co-founded and led The #GlobalPOV Project) and as the Director of Media at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies on the UC Berkeley campus. She was a 2010 Carnegie-Knight News21 Fellow and 2008-09 Annenberg Graduate Fellow at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Graham has worked as a web reporter and photographer for KCET’s “SoCal Connected,” as an online editor for the London-based New Statesman magazine, as the co-editor-in-chief of USC Annenberg’s award-winning digital news website, and as an associate editor at P✪PSUGAR, a popular culture blog network. Her freelance work has been featured in NBC, CBS and ABC news broadcasts and in online publications, including The Huffington Post. Graham is also an experienced editor who has worked for various authors with recognized commercial and university presses, and she serves on the Board of Advisors for Equalize Youth, an online support network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth and their families.
You can find Graham tap dancing in the dark corners of her imagination to a sold-out audience of — none. Like most everything else, it’s all for fun.
Graham was a 2012-2013 UC Berkeley Lecturer Teaching Fellow. She is also the recipient of the 2011 First Place “Best of the Web” Individual Journalism Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and USC Annenberg’s 2010 Penny Lernoux Award for International Reporting.