Kenneth J. Thomas
Industry Expert, Construction Administration; Co-Founder and Co-Managing Director, Minority & Women Contractors & Developers Association (MWCDA)
Kenneth Thomas has committed the bulk of his professional career to both advocating for and facilitating opportunities for the underserved in various rungs of corporate America, academia, politics and other facets of his life.
Kenneth began his career as a law clerk, he then moved onto the financial services industry, leading to a long career in treasury; one notable initiative that he is especially proud of is establishing a diversity & inclusion college internship program through an operational partnership with the the City University of New York (CUNY) system.
His first foray into politics led him to be the communications director for an ultimately successful New York State Assembly campaign, which transitioned into a role as chief of staff. Kenneth realized he wanted to expand his footprint in politics by co-founding and running—as its executive director—a political action committee that lobbied for economic equality.
On the consulting end, Kenneth focused primarily in the vein of communications; notable clientele included a South Bronx based not for profit organization, whose mission it was to advocate for more labor diversity within the construction industry—this led to him to running a trade association of general contractors.
Soon after, Kenneth co-founded a not for profit organization tasked with advocating for minority and women-owned contracting firms and developers, while also supporting their business development goals.
Kenneth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from John Jay College and a Master’s degree in Strategic Communications from Seton Hall University. He also possesses certificates in corporate compliance & ethics, financial risk management, and finance while being a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP). Kenneth also supports increased diversity within the STEM fields by having established, and annually funding a scholarship for minority students.