Tom has come to know the Student House as a member of the Board of Directors for the last two years, where he has taken on a leadership role in fundraising activities. He brings the experience of a career in nonprofit fundraising, project development, and organizational and event management in the world of international communications and cultural exchange. Most recently, Tom was Vice President for Development and Special Events at America Abroad Media (AAM) in Washington, DC, a nonprofit organization using the power of the media to improve America’s communication with the world on key international issues.
Before that, he was a member of the staff at Meridian International Center, a nonprofit organization that offers a wide array of public diplomacy, outreach, exchange and arts programs with a national reach and international impact. Tom began his career there as an intern and over 26 years served in a variety of senior management positions. As Vice President of the Center, he held responsibility for development, special events, education, and visitor services. Among his many accomplishments at Meridian International Center, he established a 25-year relationship between Meridian and the Smithsonian Institution, built an Ambassadorial lecture series, secured contracts with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and the National Institutes of Health. As a fundraiser, he was responsible for increasing Meridian’s corporate operating support from $100,000 annually to over $1 million.
Tom succeeds Ann Petersen, who retired in September after three years as Executive Director. Ann moves on to the next step in her life with the Board’s gratitude and best wishes, and looks forward to working with Tom as he builds on her good work to lead the House into the future.