Mark Anthony Thomas
American Author and Poet
Mark Anthony Thomas joined City Futures, Inc. as the Deputy Director in June 2008 and oversees administration, development, publishing and marketing for both the New York urban affairs new source City Limits Magazine and the New York policy think tank Center for an Urban Future.
Before joining City Futures, he served as the public relations officer for a global health collaboration between Columbia University (NYC) and Ben-Gurion University (Beer-Sheva, Israel).
Before coming to New York City in 2006, he
worked for five years as a community affairs rep for Georgia-Pacific Corporation
in Atlanta and managed the company's Partners for Education programs at M. Agnes Jones Elementary School
Through Georgia-Pacific, he served on committees and boards for the Central Atlanta Progress, The MLK Center for Non-Violence, the Atlanta Community Foundation, and served as an aide to executive committees renaming Atlanta's International Airport and launching multiple public-private civic inititiaves in the city of Atlanta.
He was recognized by the Southeastern Council on Foundations with the 2003 Hull Fellowship Award and served as the Program Planning Chair for the Southern Regional Council's 50th Anniversary Celebration of Brown V. Board of Education in 2004.
In 2004, he served as a "Principal For a Day" through the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and has served on boards of directors for the University of Georgia Alumni Association, UGA Student Leadership Center, Center for African American Male Research Success, & Leadership at West Georgia University, and as the Public Relations Chairman for the 2003 National Conference on Black Philanthropy.
In 2005, he
was selected for Leadership Atlanta's 2006 LEAD Class and was featured in Who's Who in Black Atlanta.
Since 2004, he has served as the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Helping Teens Succeed, Inc., which is funded by the Lumina Foundation, and the Federal Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).
In 2006, Mark
was recognized by Essence Magazine
at the 2006 Essence Festival in Houston, TX, as one of their original 50 Do-Right Men of the Year.
Mark is currently an Executive Masters of Public Policy and Affairs graduate student at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
In 2001, he graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.B.A in Marketing, where he became the first African-American Editor-In-Chief for The Red & Black, the daily student-run newspaper and spent four years as a reporter on the staff.
He served as the Student Chairman for the University's 40th Anniversary of Desegregation Commemoration and was initiated in to Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in 1998.
fraternity honored him as the State of Georgia College Brother of the Year
in 1999 and 2000.
The fraternity's Southeastern U.S. Region (AlphaSouth) awarded him in 2000 with the Frank H. Gilbert Service Award and in 2001 he
was the region's College Brother of the Year.