Susan Thomas

Program Director

Susan handles grantmaking and knowledge development for key aspects of the Trust’s strategic plan. Her work advances effective strategies to increase housing affordability where she’s currently providing leadership to a collaborative of eight national foundations focused on this issue. Additionally her portfolio of grants supports the Trust’s goal of ending chronic homelessness. Susan also leads the expansion of an outcome measurement system to assess the Trust’s impact, and provides support and guidance on the Trust’s financial and business planning activities.

Prior to joining the Trust, Susan was Project Officer for Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta, where she was responsible for leading “Unsheltered No More!,” an initiative to dramatically reduce street homelessness that placed over 1,000 homeless men, women, and children into permanent housing. As the former president of Providence Consulting Group, she helped launch a statewide foundation to assist foster families, and co-chaired an effort for the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Atlanta Housing Authority to rehouse 420 families as part of a major HOPE VI redevelopment project. Susan is a former Vice President of Community Investment and Area Development at the United Way of Greater Atlanta. Prior to her nonprofit career, she worked for 15 years in the areas of accounting, management consulting, and strategic planning. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and Bachelors of Science in Accounting from the University of Maryland.

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