Brandi Tuck is the founding Executive Director of Portland Homeless Family Solutions (PHFS), whose mission is to empower homeless families with children to get back into housing and stay there. Since 2007, Brandi has led PHFS' efforts to expand and improve their services in the community - increasing from a $78,000 budget and serving 125 kids and parents in 2007 to an over $3mil budget and helping over 1,100 kids and parents end their homelessness in 2019. Under Brandi's leadership, PHFS has been recognized by the Oregon Business Journal as one of Oregon's Top 100 Nonprofits to Work For every year since 2011. With over 15 years working with people experiencing homelessness, Brandi has become passionate about trauma informed care - the idea that we can help people better if we understand what's going on in the brain when someone experiences something as stressful as homelessness. PHFS is proud to open the first shelter in Oregon designed using trauma informed design and architecture.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxMtHood, where x=independently organized TED event.
At our TEDxMtHood event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. Visit TED.com to learn more.