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Town Hall - ASMP Executive Director Tom Kennedy

Town Hall with ASMP Executive Director - Tom Kennedy

April 11th, 6:30 pm

Meet Tom Kennedy, Executive Director of ASMP national, for a town hall-style conversation about the ongoing reorganization of ASMP, and it's future direction.

Tom is eager to open more dialogue between local ASMP chapters and the national organization. His goals include:

  • Help set a different image for ASMP and professional photography
  • Focus ASMP members more on the opportunities being afforded by technology
  • Find ways to respond from a place of optimism rather than fear
  • Lead a "visual literacy movement"

"We need to stand for the expression of powerful visual work and the value of professionally produced images as the most fluent expression of visual language."

The town hall format is an opportunity for our chapter members to speak as well as to listen, so please bring all your questions, comments, suggestions, and/or concerns. This will be a unique opportunity to voice your thoughts on ASMP directly to our national leadership.

Monday, April 11th
Social time 6:30-7pm
Town Hall 7:00-8:30pm

Pro Photo Supply Educational Space
1801 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97209


Thomas R. Kennedy
Executive Director of American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), this country's leading trade association representing independent photographers working across commercial and editorial genres.

He is an internationally known visual journalist with extensive print, broadcast, and online journalism experience, including positions Managing Editor for Multimedia at The Washington Post, and Director of Photography at the National Geographic Society. He has created, directed, and edited visual journalism projects that have earned Pulitzer Prizes, as well as EMMY, Peabody, and Edward R. Murrow awards.

Previously, he has also worked as an independent consultant coaching and mentoring individual photographers, as well as providing strategic analysis on visual storytelling for media companies and nonprofit organizations. In addition, he has taught regularly at universities and multimedia conferences, and advises about recruiting, coaching, and managing creative talent for optimal performance. He is a graduate of the University of Florida, with a B.S. degree in journalism, and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Eddie Adams Photo Workshop, and on the Board of Advisors for The School of Visual Communications at Ohio University.