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Vice President & Managing Director, US Government Affairs
CH2M Hill, Washington, DC
MBA in Finance and Strategic Management & Public Policy, The George Washington University
Master and Bachelor of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Management coursework at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania
Bio and Research:
Mr. Thomas is the Vice President of US Government Affairs for CH2M HILL, a FORTUNE 500 industry-leading program management, construction management, and design firm. As the Managing Director for State & Local Government Affairs, he leads a nationwide team of directors responsible for the company's political activities within the United States and its territories. Mr. Thomas is the firm's primary strategist in the state & local political arena, responsible for coordinating the firm's public outreach. He is one of the firm's chief compliance officers, leading its state and local ethics and compliance efforts, and providing training seminars throughout the United States. He also manages federal government affairs activities, coordinating the company's regional interaction with Congress and the Executive Branch. He serves on the CH2M HILL PAC's Executive Committee.
Mr. Thomas serves as a corporate liaison with federal, state, and local governments and governmental authorities involving transportation, water, energy, environmental, and industrial projects. He works with corporate leadership to build and sustain relationships with government officials and develop strategies in support of the growth of CH2M HILL's business.
Mr. Thomas takes an active role in supporting business development and project delivery. He works closely with public officials and community activists to address project concerns and/or client issues. He is responsible for hiring and managing all state and local lobbyist professionals as well as coordinating political fundraising for federal, state, and local elected officials within the United States. He serves as the company's primary liaison to the National Governors Association, the Democratic and Republican Governors Associations, U.S. Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, International City & County Management Association, and National Association of Counties.
Mr. Thomas has experience in public relations, public policy, legislative affairs, corporate strategy, business development, and design/construction project management. Prior to CH2M HILL, he worked for the Clark Construction Group, where he provided project development and governmental/public relations support for public-private partnership (P3) projects. One of Mr. Thomas' key achievements in the P3 arena was the development of historic P3 legislation in the State of Maryland. Utilizing Virginia's successful Public-Private Transportation Act and Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act as implementation models, Mr. Thomas worked with the Executive Branch and General Assembly to develop similar legislation for education facilities. He led legislative outreach efforts, which included drafting pieces of legislation, securing support, providing testimony, and developing regulations.
From 2001-2003, he worked on Capitol Hill, serving on the staff of U.S. Congressman Ray LaHood, President Obama's first Secretary of Transportation. Mr. Thomas has also served in engineering and project management roles for Jones Lang LaSalle, Exxon Mobil, and a Chicago-area general contractor.
Mr. Thomas has lectured on ethics and politics throughout the country, including The George Washington University and University of Chicago. He is a member of the US Conference of Mayors, where he serves on the Mayors Business Council Steering Committee; the National League of Cities, where he is active on the Corporate Partners Leadership Council; and the International City/County Management Association; where he is a Strategic Partner. For eight years, Mr. Thomas served on the Board of Directors for the University of Illinois Civil & Environmental Engineering Alumni Association, chairing one of its committees.