Thomas is a financial management and organizational expert with over 25 years of international experience in the not-for-profit, financial services and hospitality industries. Thomas was director of special projects at the Open Society Institute (OSI) / Soros Foundation, a private operating and grant-making foundation based in New York City for more than 12 years. He was involved in many re-structuring projects within the organization, which is essentially a network of over 32 independent foundations with operating and grant-giving projects in over 60 countries. He has led a knowledge management initiative at OSI to improve knowledge sharing and collaboration capacity within their network of organizations. He has an M.B.A. from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in finance from Pennsylvania State University.