Trained in urban and regional planning, Ms. Thomas has worked in various capacities in the field of real estate, including overseeing business development and marketing efforts for architects domestic and international, as well as managing development projects and leading community engagement efforts for mission-driven real estate developers.  Ms. Thomas has a unique focus in the areas of affordable housing, urban revitalization, and community development.  Her career has merged her knowledge of urban planning and policy with her talents as a strategic business developer and marketer; this has allowed Ms. Thomas to help the players in the built environment effectively communicate their company and project visions, increase their book of business, build consensus within the communities in which they work, and further their missions of improving urban communities.

Ms. Thomas obtained both a Master of Regional Planning and a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies with a Concentration in Architecture from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.  Ms. Thomas is a member of the 2012 Vanguard Class of Next American City.