Tom Hasani is an advocate for equity in education, representation, and environmental justice. He embodies progressive values for building a better future for all of the youth of America. At a time when campaigns take millions of dollars to run and make it difficult for ordinary people to have a seat at the table, Tom is ready to give voice to marginalized groups, work on the difficult issues that have been brushed aside.
Tom was elected to the Upper Moreland Township School Board in 2021.
Tom is an Adjunct Professor at Arcadia University of International Studies, teaching global citizenship. He was the District Office Director for District 152 where he helped constituents resolve their issues. He previously worked at Holy Ghost Preparatory School as the Assistant Director of I.T. At the beginning of the pandemic, Tom facilitated a productive learning environment to help students and teachers navigate remote, hybrid, and in-person learning challenges. Tom worked with the HGP family to develop a community around restorative justice education as moderator for the student-run Diversity Inclusion Community and Equity group. At his previous position with SofterWare, Inc., Tom also founded and steered the Diversity & Inclusion Committee with fellow staff members. At Software he created the team and idea that won an innovation jam where the prize included managing a project to help nonprofits increase the feasibility of using Data Analysis for fundraising.
Tom is also a professional musician. He has sung for various churches and organizations including Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, Jarrettown United Methodist Church in Dresher, and The Choir School of Delaware. He is also a singer and Board Member for The Choristers, a semi-professional community choral group. He has been commissioned for a Choral work which he composed and wrote Persian lyrics for.
Tom has additionally has served as a Peace Educator at the Peace Center in Bucks County since 2015. With the Peace Center, Tom has facilitated conversations around diversity with K-12 students in Bucks County classrooms through the program Celebrating Me, Celebrating You. More recently, Tom has participated as a facilitator for the Walking While Black, L.O.V.E. is the Answer program, encouraging conversations between law enforcement and communities of color.
As a Board Trustee at Upper Moreland Free Public Library (UMFPL), Tom has chaired the Advocacy Committee and currently chairs the Policy Committee. He was the Treasurer of the nonprofit Equity Alliance for Upper Moreland which partners with the Upper Moreland Township (UMT), Upper Moreland School District (UMTSD), UMFPL, and other community groups to support diversity, recognize inequity, and enhance safety and inclusivity in our community.
He was appointed to the Upper Moreland Township Parks and Recreation Advisory Council by the Township Ward Commissioners. He believes keeping PA Green.
In response to the spike in violence against Asian Americans, Tom helped to organize and present a Vigil against Anti-Asian Hate. with AAPI Montgomery County, of which he is a founding Director. This event attracted elected officials and community leaders such as Senator Maria Collett, Commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh, and Stephanie Sun, Executive Director of PA Governor's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. The event had over 150 in-person attendees and many more watching through an online livestream.
On June 22, 2021, Tom has been selected as one of 40 MONTCO Millennial Superstars by MONTCO Today.
Tom earned a B.A. at Rutgers University where he studied Asian Studies and Religion. At Rutgers, Tom was an active participant in multiple Asian social and cultural organizations whose goals are to support the Asian student body and spread cultural awareness.
Tom also earned his Masters in International Peace & Conflict Resolution at Arcadia University, and completed a post-graduate certificate in International Conflict Management, International Peace, and Security at John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. It was in graduate school that Tom studied public policy, inclusive governance, and economic security.
Tom is an Upper Moreland School Board Director. He wants to create a more equitable space for the children and families of Upper Moreland. Support Tom Hasani for Board Director of the Upper Moreland School District.