Lionell Thomas returned to the District of Columbia government in October 2011 after serving as the executive director of the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council for two and half years. He was previously with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for over 22 years, where he served in numerous capacities throughout the agency; eventually serving as the deputy director and interim executive director. Over the years, Mr. Thomas has been cited as a dynamic arts administrator and for his profound sensitivity to arts and culture.
Mr. Thomas earned a Master of Arts in organizational leadership from Lewis University and a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Thomas is a native Washingtonian and has received various accolades for his creative approaches to arts management and programming. He has also served on a number of state grants panels as a reviewer and site evaluator. He currently serves on several boards inclusive of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, and others. Of all his accomplishments to date, Mr. Thomas is proudest of the initiatives developed to bring arts programs to underserved communities—many of which remain staples of the District of Columbia’s arts community today.