Thomas has served for many years in the public sector - making
a difference in the lives of thousands of people. In 2004 he retired
from the Seattle Housing Authority where he had been the executive
director for 14 of the previous 17 years. During his tenure and
under his leadership, three World-War II era public housing developments
were transformed into vibrant new mixed-income communities.
Prior to his work with the Seattle Housing
Authority, Mr. Thomas served as Deputy County Executive for King
County and as Executive
Director of Neighborhood House, a nonprofit organization in Seattle.
He also served as the Washington governor’s staff director
and special assistant for housing. He was on the Board for the
Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle which he chaired from 1995-1998
and has served as a member of the Seattle-King County Workforce
Nationally, Thomas served in 2002 on a Congressional Commission
charged with evaluating the need for senior housing in the twenty-first
century. He occupied leadership roles with other organizations
based in Washington, D.C. that focus on federal funding and policy
for low-income housing.
In recognition of his dedication and service, Thomas received
the 1999 National Council on the Aging Sidney Spector Award and
the 1995 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Washington
School of Social Work and Alumni Association.
Correspondence to Council Members may be directed through the Council.