Tae Chong

Tae Chong

Director of Multicultural Markets and Strategies
FOB (Fresh Out of the Box) Thinking LLC

Tae Chong is Director of Multicultural Markets and Strategies for the Maine State Chamber. He specializes in market research and strategies with multicultural and people of color communities in Maine and the Northeast. Tae has over twenty years’ experience working with the immigrant and refugee and people of color populations in Maine in economic development, business counseling, workforce development, education, and multicultural programming. He has consulted with Hannaford to expand their product lines to attract more immigrant, refugee, and people of color to shop at their stores and he also assisted them with community outreach and with employee recruitment and retention strategies. As a leader in DEI workforce, he has spoken as a keynote speaker at Maine Development Foundation,  MaineLive and TedDirigo.

Tae has also held leadership positions as co-chair of the refugee advisory council for the state of Maine’s DHHS Department, as a board member of NAACP, LULAC, and Asian American Heritage Foundation. He is also a long-time resident of Portland and is the first Asian American elected to the Portland City Council and Portland School
Committee. On the Portland City Council, he serves on the Economic Community Development, the Health and Human Services Committees, Portland Downtown Corporation and Creative Portland. He also served on the Governor of Maine’s
Economic Recovery Committee and chaired the Supportive Services and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committees. He holds a B.S. degree in Political Science and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine.

General Sessions

Why It’s Important to Come to Our Census

Climate change is real and so is demographic change and businesses that don't adapt to a new multicultural America will become extinct.

January 24, 2022 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Ponce de Leon Ballroom

Insight Sessions

Why It’s Important to Come to our Census – Conversation Expanded

January 24, 2022 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM Ponce de Leon Ballroom 2