E!C's Board of Directors: Jennifer Thomas

Jennifer Thomas Headshot Name: Jennifer Thomas

Current company and position:  Program Director for the Knight Foundation

Education/background: I spent 3 years in philanthropy and 7 years in entrepreneurship funding at the Cleveland Foundation.

How long have you lived in Cleveland? 15 years.

Why did you choose to be on the E!C board of directors?  I chose to be on E!C’s board because it is vitally important that we attract and retain the next generation of talent for a 21st century economy in Northeast Ohio.

What do you see E!C looking like/what will E!Cs role in CLE be in the future?    E!C will be the go-to organization for corporations and non-profits who need programming to attract, engage and retain their young talent.

What opportunities and challenges does E!C face? Trying not to be all things to all organizations.

What is your top tip for young professionals in Cleveland? Step up to leadership positions; do not wait for permission.

What is your favorite thing about Cleveland?  The renaissance it has undergone in the last 10 years.