Mark Anthony Thomas
Senior Vice President, Partnerships at New York City Economic Development Corporation
Mark Anthony Thomas is the ‘first’ Senior Vice President of Partnerships for the New York City Economic Development Corporation, managing and driving strategic industry engagement, business development, and international partnerships.
For nearly 17 years, Mark has worked at the intersection of innovation, economic development, and public policy. Mark began his career with Georgia-Pacific Corporation, helping devise and implement the company’s CSR strategy and investments. He then led public relations for the Medical School for International Health at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.
In 2008, he became the Deputy Director for NYC’s Center for an Urban Future and developed the business model to spin-off its print magazine, City Limits, as a new media startup. Appointed Publisher & Executive Director, he led the establishment of City Limits’ new governance structure, expanded content across digital platforms, acquired the Bronx News Network, and launched collaborations with New York’s leading civic institutions and foundations, and e-commerce companies.
In 2014, Mark was selected as the inaugural Fuse Corps executive fellow for the City of Los Angeles, developing policy reforms adopted by Mayor Eric Garcetti and the LA City Council to improve livability in the City’s neighborhoods. He then served as Director of the Mayor’s Operations Innovation Team, a privately funded initiative, leading reforms of the City’s procurement operations, management of City’s real estate portfolio, and reducing the City’s workforce liability costs.
The Atlanta-native has been prominently featured by news publications and conferences. Mark has counseled local and national policy leaders and industry innovators and serves as a mentor for startups and emerging companies in the civic and new media space.
Mark earned his MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), MPA from Columbia University, and Bachelor of Business from the University of Georgia.