Very rarely does someone get an opportunity to turn their tragedies into triumphs. During Tammy Thompson’s life she has experienced homelessness, loss, and countless setbacks, but she has used her background to grow, educate, and inspire others. Through her journey, it became clear to her that “Poverty is not just about not having money.”
Tammy is an internationally recognized Poverty Expert. Through her company, T3 Media, a Social Justice Media company, she executive produced, We Wear the Mask, a documentary released in 2017, highlighting the stigma associated with women in poverty. She is also the owner of T3 Consulting. Through T3 Consulting, Inc., she facilitates and develops homeownership programs for local non-profit organizations in Pittsburgh. She is a certified Housing Counselor and has been teaching and speaking about financial literacy and educating families for 20 years. Currently, Tammy is the Founder and Executive Director of Catapult Greater Pittsburgh, where she has developed multiple wealth-building initiatives including, Catapult: Startup to Storefront and the Gallery on Penn, a retail incubator program.
As a highly sought-after speaker, Tammy shares stories of her life to illuminate her journey through poverty toward prosperity. Her story, “One Can of Carrots,” has become one of her signature talks and has resulted in the creation of workshops and a curriculum rooted in her expertise of “The Psychology of Poverty.” “The Psychology of Poverty” training gives participants an opportunity to shift their perspective and recreate how they’ve been impacted by the psychological implications of poverty—it provides an avenue to re-route their relationship with money.
Her life’s work has been featured in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and many other publications.
Tammy is a mother of five and grandmother of 19. She resides in Pittsburgh and is raising her granddaughter.