Lindsay Thomas joins the institute as an associate in business and program development and is working on enhancing and developing the organization’s portfolio of partnerships with individual and institutional philanthropies, including the Young Leaders Circle, Chairman’s Circle, and grant-making corporations and foundations.
Having started her career as a paralegal in Washington, DC, Thomas’ experience volunteering as a tutor as well as her interest in supporting women and girls in developing countries led her to pursue a master’s in international educational development from Columbia University. Since then she has worked in strategic partnerships and fundraising in support of many national and international causes, including entrepreneurship education and international humanitarian work. After working at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) for three years, she moved to Los Angeles in 2016. She comes to the Milken Institute directly from the Mar Vista Family Center in Culver City, where she led the Center's fundraising strategy and grant writing activities.
Thomas is an active volunteer in the community. She is a member of the Playa Venice Rotary Club, the Leadership Committee for IRC's young professional group (GenR) and also serves as community engagement director for Net Impact, a group of young professionals in the Greater Los Angeles area with a passion for social impact.