Photograph by Luis Antonio Thompson
Mark Anthony Thomas is a creative writer turned economic development official, with nearly two decades in publishing, communications, and the public sector. In October 2016, Mark became the first Senior Vice President of Partnerships for New York City's Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).
The Atlanta-native began his professional career with Georgia-Pacific Corporation, managing a portfolio of economic, philanthropic and environmental health initiatives before leading public relations for Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s Medical School for International Health.
In New York, he served as the Deputy Director of the Manhattan-based think tank Center for an Urban Future and developed the business model to relaunch its magazine, City Limits, as a startup news media. Appointed Publisher / Executive Director, he led the establishment of City Limits’ new organization and governance structure, expanded content across digital platforms, acquired the Bronx News Network, founded the Brooklyn Bureau, and launched collaborations with New York’s leading civic institutions and foundations, and e-commerce companies.
In 2014, he became the City of Los Angeles’ first Fuse Corps executive fellow and served as the Senior Advisor to the City's top budget official. He was appointed as the Director of the Mayor's Operations Innovation Team, a public-private partnership with the L.A. Coalition for the Economy and Jobs, to reform the City's procurement, asset management, and risk management operations.
Mark serves on advisory boards for the CUNY's Center for Community & Ethnic Media, Camille A. Brown Dance Company, and FUSE Corps. He has served as the President the Board of Directors for Helping Teens Succeed, Inc. and a founding trustee of the University System of Georgia's African American Male Initiative program at the University of West Georgia.
Mark earned his MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management and an MPA in Advanced Management and Finance from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He received his Bachelor of Business from the University of Georgia, where he became the first African American Editor-In-Chief of the 122-year old daily student newspaper, The Red & Black. In 2013, he was honored as one of the University's Top 40 Alumni Under 40 and keynoted the school's inaugural TEDx Conference.
Mark turns 40 in August 2019.