Carroll A. Thomas is a member of ITIF’s board. She is a recognized expert in partnership development and change management with more than 35 years public/private sector experience. A former small business owner, she served in the U.S. Department of Commerce as acting associate director for innovation and industry services at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and as director of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
An expert in policy and administration of nationwide public/private partnership focused on small and medium-sized manufacturers, Thomas previously was associate administrator of the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), serving America’s 25 million small businesses and budding entrepreneurs across the country. In private industry, her leadership and management experience has included roles with the preeminent electronic retailer QVC and with the National Gallery of Art.
Thomas is a graduate of Drexel University’s Nesbitt College of Design and the John Hopkins Carey School of Business MBA program.