Thom Watson

Writer and Editor in Daly City, California

I live in the fog belt of Northern California with my husband, Jeff, and our two cats, Mojo and Tiki.

Most recently I was employed as editor in chief of Dance Studio Life, a print magazine dedicated to quality dance education.

Previously I've worked as an IT, web, and communications manager for two universities, the U.S. Department of State, PBS's national headquarters and its member stations' national advocacy organization, a health information start-up, and several not for profit organizations.

Between 2011 and 2014 I volunteered full-time as the social media manager and a member of the national leadership team for Marriage Equality USA, the nation’s oldest organization dedicated to building equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community through civil marriage equality in every state and at the federal level.

I grew up in the rural Allegheny Mountains in the Virginia Highlands, and have also lived in the Boston; Washington, DC; and San Francisco Bay metro areas.

I'm gay, atheist, politically far left. and passionate about civil liberties and civil and human rights.

I'm an avid gamer and reader, an amateur baker, a devotee of mid-century design and architecture, and a fan of children's literature and science-fiction and fantasy literature, television, and films.

[Photo by Chris Hardy,, for Dance Studio Life]

  • Education
    • Harvard University