Mark Anthony Thomas is president of Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, the economic development marketing affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. Previously, he served as the Senior Vice President of Partnerships for the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Mark began his professional career at Georgia-Pacific Corporation, managing a portfolio of economic, philanthropic and civic initiatives. In 2008, he served as the Deputy Director of New York’s Center for an Urban Future (a think tank) and developed the business model to re-launch its magazine, City Limits, as a startup news media. Appointed Publisher and Executive Director, he led the establishment of City Limits’ new organization and governance structure, expanded content across digital platforms, acquired the Bronx News Network, and launched collaborations with the City’s leading civic institutions and foundations, and e-commerce companies. In 2014, he became the City of Los Angeles’ first Fuse Corps executive fellow and served as the Senior Advisor to the City’s top budget official. He was appointed as the Director of the Mayor’s Operations Innovation Team, a public-private partnership with the L.A. Coalition for the Economy and Jobs, to reform the City’s procurement, asset management, and workers compensation operations. He has served on Board of Directors and task force appointments to strengthen local media, college access, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship and has delivered lectures and performances across the nation as a creative writer and published poet. Mark earned his MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MPA in Advanced Management and Finance from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Business from the University of Georgia—which recognized him as one of its Top 40 alumni under 40.