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Chicago, IL, United States
Member since August 10, 2007
Tom Tresser is a consultant, producer, educator and trainer who can help individuals, companies and communities leverage and amplify their creative assets in order to solve problems, create economic value and trigger civic engagement. He recently designed and produced training experiences for the provincial government of Saskatchewan and Business Retention and Expansion International on using culture creativity for local economic development. He has used worked with Fortune 500 companies, producing innovative and experiential strategic executive learning programs. During the Internet boom Tom served as a marketing director and community affairs manager for OurHouse.com, an e-commerce start-up. He was director of cultural development at Peoples Housing, in north Rogers Park, Chicago, where he created a community arts program that blended the arts, education and micro-enterprise. This work was funded by the MacArthur Foundation, the Chicago Community Trust, the Joyce Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Tom has acted in some 40 shows and produced over 100 plays, special events, festivals and community programs. He was an arts activist, having organized support for pro-arts candidates and developed a cultural policy think tank at Roosevelt University in the early 1990’s, where he taught "Arts and Public Policy." He an alumni of the Leadership Greater Chicago program. In 2003 he was appointed Visiting Fellow in Arts and Culture at the DePaul University College of Commerce’s Ryan Center for Creativity and Innovation. Tom was elected to the Abraham Lincoln Elementary School’s Local School Council and served from 2004 to 2006. He is teaching a number of classes on art, creativity and civic engagement for Loyola University, DePaul University and the School of the Art Institute. He is currently acting as strategic planning and audience development consultant for Collaboraction Theater, one of Chicago's most innovative young performing arts groups.
The Creative America Project - inspiring and preparing creative professionals to lead in the public sector, including running for local office. I was the founder and lead organizer for this nonpartisan effort.