Tong Phum

Facility Manager


Tong Phum serves as The Poynter Institute’s Facility Manager, overseeing its premier headquarters in St. Petersburg. Tong plays an instrumental role in supporting Poynter’s in-person teaching capacity and the Innovation Lab @ Poynter. Tong manages vendors and special events as well as day-to-day facility operations.

Prior to joining Poynter, Tong served as Facilities Coordinator for 15 years in Seattle, Washington with the Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS). He recently moved to St. Petersburg to be closer to family.

During his tenure at ACRS, he maintained a building nearly twice the size of Poynter, completed several large building projects, and handled event set-ups similar in size and scope to Poynter’s teaching and community events.

You’ll always find Tong with a smile or a quick laugh.