SPOTLIGHT: SAUNDRA THOMAS
Non-Profit Consultant, SPT Consults
Saundra Thomas is Principal at SPT Consults. A professional with more than 30 years in media and nonprofit leadership, she provides expertise in strategic planning, communications and board development.
Previously, Saundra served as Vice-President of Community Affairs at WABC-TV since 2001. In that role, she oversaw all on-air public service announcements, community outreach and station community projects for the tri-state. As liaison between the public and the station, Thomas recommended news and programming coverage of important local topics, and was responsible for philanthropic endeavors on behalf of the television station.
A recent candidate for City Council and an active board member, Thomas has served as a member of Jazz Reach, Global Action Project and New York Women in Communications and is the current board chair of both Dancewave and Council for Unity. Thomas also sits on the advisory boards of The Grace Institute and Services for the Underserved.
Thomas is a recent recipient of an honorary doctorate in humane letters from St. Francis College (Brooklyn), the Council for Unity as a Champion for Children, Medgar Evers College for her work with WABC-TV on public service awareness in local communities; Thomas has also been a recipient of the Black Achievers in Industry Award from the Harlem YMCA and recently the McDonald’s Legacy in Media Award.
Thomas holds a B.A. in Journalism from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Media Studies from the New School. She is a proud and enthusiastic resident of Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, where she lives with her family.