A Virginia native, Roy M. Tatem, Jr. is a man of various talents and interests. After graduating from Virginia State University with his degree in Political Science and Philosophy he went on to work in the United States Senate as a Legislative Aide. While working on Capitol Hill Roy also began to expand his interest into entrepreneurship with LegalShield and by 2004 Roy was on his way to becoming one of the youngest in the history of the company to earn a six-figure income, which fulfilled his commitment to become financially independent while helping others do the same. Building a big business was a small piece to a much bigger plan for Roy. Remaining active in local politics and civic organizations such as his Fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. where as he has been a loyal member since 1996 (with notable members such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Justice Thurgood Marshall, and Congressman Adam Clayton Powell). He saw a great opportunity to get involved once again in the political process on a grassroots level in 2007 when Senator Barack Obama announced his candidacy for President of the United States of America. Roy was named the Regional coordinator for Hampton Roads for Obama and worked in conjunction with Obama for America to ensure that Virginia would swing in the then-candidate Obama’s favor. Obviously, on November 8, 2008, America made history by electing its first African American President.
In 2011, Roy relocated to Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Keisha and daughter Madison. Roy remains involved in the community through his networks politically and professionally. He has served as President of the Delta Tau Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Building key relationships is very important to Roy as well and he takes pride in his professional and personal relationship with Rep. Reginald Bolding, Jr. (LD-27) which led to his involvement with the Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign. In this capacity, Roy served as the Deputy Director of African American Outreach for the Bernie 2016 Campaign. During his tenure with the Sanders campaign he covered over 25 states for the Vermont Senator reaching out to a multitude of Americans discussing issues most important to them ranging from Education, Criminal Justice Reform, and Economic Development. Now back in Arizona, Roy is looking forward to working with local progressive organizations to implement necessary and positive changes to benefit the community as a whole. The East Valley NAACP elected to Roy to serve as President of the Branch which was established to serve the needs of residents in the Greater Phoenix area. Newly elected Sheriff Paul Penzone of Maricopa County has recently appointed Roy as the Chairman of his African American Advisory Board where he will lead a team of prominent members of the community to properly advise the Sheriff in matters that affect communities of color and the community as a whole. In addition to an already full schedule Roy has stepped out on his own to establish his Political Consulting Firm, Vanguard Strategies and Consulting, LLC where he will develop plans, strategies, and advise those seeking elected office and those currently in office. At 40 years old Roy feels that he is just getting started.
One of Roy’s favorite quotes and lifetime motto comes from one of his first virtual mentors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”