Dr. Charles Thomas Jr. is a multi-award winning social entrepreneur, educator, best-selling author, on-air personality, and Concerned Citizen™. He has committed himself to service and philanthropic efforts and has varied experiences in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Charles strives to live according to the Renaissance ideal of broad learning and full engagement in life as a demonstration of human potential.
Charles is the Founder of Concerned Citizen™ Media, which is the home of Divergent Thought™ and CommYOUnity Talk™ (forthcoming) radio shows where he serves as a co-host. Charles also serves as the Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness and People Operations for Data Intelligence, a software engineering company within the Intelligence Community.
Within the non-profit sector, Charles serves as Chairman of the Board for OAR Fairfax, teaches Life Skills classes to men who are incarcerated and preparing for societal re-entry, volunteers as a Wish Granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and serves on the Board of Directors for Shelter House. Charles also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Development & Transformation, and Consulting Management & Practice.
Charles is a former Division 1 Student-Athlete, Sankofa Scholar, NAACP Senior of the Year, Rockne Student-Athlete of the Year, Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar award winner, two-time Notre Dame Monogram winner, and two-time Big East Academic All-Star Team member.
Charles’ engagement as a civic minded professional has also yielded positive outcomes. Some of his more recent recognition is as follows:
|•||Emerging Influential Leader of the Year – Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce|
|•||Two-time 40 Under 40 Honoree|
|•||Alpha Sigma Nu Magis Medal Winner|
|•||Northern Virginia Trustee Leadership Award – Leadership Fairfax|
|•||Two-time National Intelligence Professional Team Award for Human Capital Advancements – Director of National Intelligence|
|•||Creighton University Outstanding Service to the Community award recipient|
|•||Sojourner Truth Award with OAR NOVA|
|•||Merit Based Team Award for Human Capital Advancements – Intelligence Community|
Dr. Thomas earned Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, and Doctoral degrees with distinction. He is from Flint, MI and lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and children.