Teleange Thomas – Director of Partnerships Midwest for Candid
Thomas brings nearly 20 years of public health, nonprofit management and philanthropy experience to her new role at Candid (formerly Foundation Center). Her career focus has been to mitigate social and economic disparities throughout her work life.
She has spearheaded initiatives such as the Healthy Eating, Active Living initiative in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood. Additionally, she sits on the boards of Green City Growers, Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Policy Matters Ohio.
Early Life and Education
Thomas was raised with the values and principles that have shaped her commitment to community service, youth development, social justice issues, family values and faith. She is the first-born daughter to Simon and Clara Thomas; loving big sister to Alzavier “A.J.” Thomas maintains strong ties to her auntie who sponsors youth athletic teams as well as hosting annual Easter egg hunts.
She has over two decades of experience working in public health, earning a bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University and serving in leadership capacities at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, the City of Cleveland Department of Public Health, University Hospitals, Green City Growers Ohio Policy Matters Ohio and Soul of Philanthropy Cleveland.
As part of her career, she has strived to address social and economic inequities through research, policy advocacy, programming and strategic investments. She is dedicated to creating lasting opportunities for children, women and neighborhoods – particularly Black communities of color.
Thomas currently serves as Chief Advancement and Relationships Officer of JumpStart Inc, an entrepreneurial nonprofit in Cleveland, Ohio. In her capacity as CARo she oversees setting strategy, strengthening partnerships, and leading JumpStart’s participation in civic initiatives such as Cleveland Innovation Project and MidTown Innovation District.
Before joining JumpStart, she served for seven years as Program Director of Health for Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland – overseeing strategies to address disparate health outcomes among vulnerable populations via systems and policy change. Additionally, she is on the boards of Green City Growers, Conservancy of Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Policy Matters Ohio.
Achievement and Honors
Teleange Thomas has dedicated her career to fighting inequality. This can be seen through her work at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland as Program Director for Health where she spearheaded initiatives aimed at decreasing infant mortality rates, chronic disease prevalence rates and food insecurity in neighborhoods; University Hospitals as well as City of Cleveland Department of Public Health where she holds leadership positions.
Additionally, she is the founder of Plattforms LLC; a women and minority owned firm which specializes in the design, startup and sustainability of social change projects and solutions which foster socio-economic opportunity and equity-based solutions, elevating people, places and ideas. In addition, she serves as board member on Green City Growers, Cleveland Public Library and Policy Matters Ohio boards, publishing several academic journal articles.
Thomas spends her free time enjoying food and wine, hosting friends, traveling and music – activities she also serves as an active youth mentor and big sister for Alzavier.
She brings nearly 20 years of public health, nonprofit management and philanthropy experience. Among other roles, she serves on the boards of Green City Growers, Conservancy of Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Policy Matters Ohio; additionally she was director of partnerships at Candid; an online service providing data and training to nonprofit professionals and donors.
As part of her career mission, she has dedicated herself to combatting social and economic inequities. Working alongside Sisters of Charity Foundation, University Hospitals, and Cleveland’s Department of Public Health allowed her to successfully reduce health disparities through strategic grant making, systems changes, and policy reform.
Family life was filled with servant leadership, and Thomas took to community activism at an early age. Her parents sponsored youth athletic teams and hosted annual Easter egg hunts among other events in her community. Thomas now boasts nearly two decades of experience working in public health, nonprofit management, philanthropy and racial equity advocacy efforts; these initiatives helped shape her passions in life – she even founded a firm dedicated to designing, starting, and building projects and initiatives for social change – Plattforms LLC was also founded under Thomas’ auspices!
Work at JumpStart has enabled her to form an extensive network of friends and colleagues whom she counts among her closest confidantes. In addition, she is active within her community as an active volunteer mentor to numerous young women and girls. Her interests include sports (competing fast pitch softball in college while coaching youth baseball post-grad) travel food wine and music – her interests span an impressive eighteen years!