Shaun Tai //
Shaun Tai is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of BRIDGEGOOD, a 501(c)(3) award-winning design studio for good. With a passion for enhancing tech literacy and opportunity, Shaun has dedicated himself to supporting under-resourced entrepreneurs and emerging Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) student creatives. As the driving force behind BRIDGEGOOD.com, a web application that connects creatives to professional opportunities, Shaun has secured support from Google.org, the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, and the Golden State Warriors Community Foundation, making it one of the most significant community partnerships in the industry.
Shaun's impressive academic achievements include an MA in Architectural & Urban Design (Interdisciplinary Studies, 4.0 GPA) and a BS in Advertising (Magna Cum Laude, 3.8 GPA) from San Jose State University. He also graduated with honors from Cal State East Bay with a BA in Digital Arts, where he was named the "Distinguished Young Alumnus" of the academic year 2014-15—the highest honor bestowed upon an alum under the age of 45. Shaun has been recognized by several organizations for his work, including Diablo Magazine, which ranked him #6 in their 40 Under 40 entrepreneur campaign, and SF Business Times, which named him a 40 Under 40 alongside the brightest CEOs and directors in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Shaun's commitment to diversity and technology has earned him numerous accolades, including the "TECH Leadership Award" certified by the State of California, which was presented to him by Senator Ben Allen, Congressman Ted W. Lieu, and Assembly member Richard Bloom in 2020. In 2023, Shaun was honored with a Jefferson Award, a nationwide award that honors community champions who multiply good. He was awarded a silver medal and selected as a Top 5 leader in the San Francisco Bay Area region, receiving multiple news and TV segments airing throughout CBS News. Currently, Shaun is seeking additional funding ($800K goal) to provide over 13,500 BIPOC designers with tech access to collaboration studio at Jack London Square in Oakland, CA, for job creation and community enrichment. To support the BRIDGEGOOD Community Studio, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 510-435-2945, or donate securely at bridgegood.org/donate.
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