Deborah Aubert Thomas

Name: Deborah Aubert Thomas
Title:    Vice President, Programs & Learning
Phone: 614.914.2250

Here’s what I can help you with:

  1. Philanthropy Forward conference, the Learning Institute and other statewide learning opportunities
  2. Community Foundation Leadership Peer Group gatherings
  3. The work of the Member Services Committee
  4. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts
  5. Authentic Leadership in Philanthropy program

What’s the best part of your job?

Providing vision and oversight for all Philanthropy Ohio educational programs and using my Learner®, Input® and Futuristic® strengths (Stengthfinders) to scan and engage with the national philanthropic landscape, collect best practices and develop processes to bring high-quality learning to Ohio philanthropy.

When did you start work at Philanthropy Ohio?

September 2014

Career background/education?

I previously served as director of grants and programs at the Princeton Area Community Foundation and have experience coordinating a diversity internship program for Women & Philanthropy. I developed the National Girls Inc. Media Literacy after-school program and coordinated the Leadership Scholars program at the Institute for Women’s Leadership, Rutgers University. I hold a Master of Arts from the Steinhardt School of Education, New York University and a Master of Science from the Milano Graduate School, New School University.

What do you love about where you live?

The sense of community and surrounding nature.

Favorite brand or flavor of ice cream?

Jeni’s Salty Caramel

What do you do outside of work?

Managing the busy lives of two young children and my husband, pursuing health and fitness (cycling and dance), reading or listening to books (mostly nonfiction) and volunteering on the boards of The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, the Franklin Park Conservatory Women’s Board and the Olive Tree Foundation for Girls. I also enjoy and treasure travel and love a good movie.