Tai Esteban Sunnanon

Founder + CEO

Tai Sunnanon is the Founder and CEO of the strategic insights group, the premier mission-driven consulting firm in Los Angeles. Tai is also the Executive Director of Independent Cities Association, a membership-based organization of 40 cities across Southern California, which was founded in 1960. He has spent nearly 25 years as an international social entrepreneur, university instructor, author and speaker. For the past decade, Tai has been an executive coach to Fortune 500 executives, nonprofit leaders and elected officials.​

Previously, Tai was an instructor at Harvard University, teaching courses on social entrepreneurship and adaptive leadership; he was also a visiting scholar at American University, Tel Aviv University, UC Berkeley, University of Vienna, and Vanderbilt University. Prior to teaching, he founded several nonprofits and for-profit companies: including California WISH (Working In Supporting the Homeless), providing education services to homeless and at-risk youth; SeaVit, combating vitamin deficiency in South East Asia; and General Lighting & Electric, servicing corporate lighting needs.

From 2002-2004, Tai served his country as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Palau, working on sustainable, economic development projects.​ In Summer 2019, he commissioned as a Second Lieutenant officer with the United States Air Force.

​In addition, Tai has led international development projects and sustainable economic collaborations in over 15 countries, including Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Micronesia, Guam, Saipan, and Solomon Islands, which have honored him with national awards for his work. ​​

Tai speaks 7 languages and is the recipient of several national innovation awards, including: Presidential Scholar, Julius E. Babbitt Fellowship, Ash Fellowship in Innovations, Education Pioneers and U.S. Military Community Service Award. He completed his doctoral coursework at Harvard University, where he also earned his MPP and EdM degrees, and holds a BA from UCLA.


Strategy, Macroeconomics, Research/analytics, Crisis management, Financial forecasting, Growth/Scale, Executive coaching, Government relations, Media relations, Fundraising, Corporate retreats

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