Thomas joins Sojourner after 30-year newspaper career
Sojourner Family Peace Center today announced Mark Thomas as associate director. Thomas, under the direction of Executive Director Carmen Pitre, shares the responsibility for the overall planning, management and execution of the mission of Sojourner Family Peace Center (SFPC). Specifically, he will have oversight of the Shelter, Family Advocacy services and systems-based programs. Thomas will serve as chief liaison with community organizations and key constituent groups, as well as manage community education activities.
Thomas is the former board president of The Task Force on Family Violence, and he brings with him extensive firsthand knowledge of finance, marketing, fundraising and strategic planning. “Mark is a welcomed addition to our team,” Pitre said. “We are confident that his vast experience, first in media business operations, then nonprofits and government, will be a driving factor in our overall growth and success in the coming years. More importantly, Mark demonstrates a true passion for serving others.”
Thomas joins SFPC with 30 years of newspaper experience. Prior to SFPC, Thomas served as Advertising Director for the Milwaukee Business Journal. He also spent several years with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. From a nonprofit perspective, Thomas has held senior-level positions at Family House Inc. and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (Camp Whitcomb/Mason operations). In 2008, Thomas was appointed to the role of Deputy Secretary for the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services, a position that he held for two years.
“I am thrilled to be part of such a dynamic, inspiring group of individuals,” Thomas said. “With the recent onslaught of gun violence and domestic assault cases (on a national and local level), organizations like Sojourner Family Peace Center are critical. I look forward to supporting SFPC’s mission and commitment to the Milwaukee community.”
Thomas is a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (Management Development Program) and also completed the Executive Development Program at the American Press Institute in Reston, Va., and the Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs. He was named circulation director of the year by CSCMA in 1999 and recognized as one of Presstime Magazine’s “20 Under 40”.
For more information, contact Courtney Meyer at 414-276-1911 or by email at [email protected]. To seek help from an abusive situation, call the 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline at 414-933-2722.