Tom Kamber, founder and executive director of OATS, has helped over 20,000 senior citizens get online, built more than 30 free technology centers, created the seniorplanet.org digital community, and launched the Senior Planet Exploration Center—the country’s first technology-themed community center for older adults. His work has been covered in national media, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, National Public Radio, Univision, MSNBC, and the TODAY Show.
Tom teaches courses on social entrepreneurship and philanthropy at Columbia University and has published widely in academic journals on topics including housing policy, crime and geography, advertising strategy, broadband technology, and technology adoption by senior citizens. He is a co-founder and board member of the nonprofit Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance, which produced a Grammy-winning album in 2009, and is fluent in Spanish. Prior to founding OATS, Tom worked as a campaign manager on political campaigns, a branding rategist for a French-based IT corporation, a project manager on a democracy-building initiative in Moscow, and a tenant organizer working with low-income residents in Harlem and the South Bronx. He has a B.A. in Latin from Columbia College and a PhD in Political Science from the City University of New York.