Olivia Thomas has a professional profile as varied as it is deep—an educator, recruiter, trainer and executive, along with leadership and management roles in the private, public and voluntary sector. Olivia has dedicated herself to fight for and protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. In every chapter of her life, she also has dedicated herself to diversity and inclusion, and serving as an advocate for the underrepresented.
Olivia has been a member of two Junior Leagues over the past 25 years. With the Junior League of Sarasota, she served in several leadership positions, from Public Affairs and Endowment chair to Treasurer and President. As a Sustaining member of the Junior League of Collin County, she served as a founding committee member of an intra-League speaker series.
Her Association experience includes being an At-Large Member of the AJLI Board of Directors (serving on the Finance, Linkage and IBCA committees) as well as an At-Large Member of the Association Nominating (now Governance) Committee.
Currently, Olivia works as a consultant and trainer for non-profits (including The Junior League), and as adjunct faculty at University of Texas-Dallas with the Nonprofit Governance Certificate Program. Olivia has served as the Executive Director for three nonprofits, advocating for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault as well as families emerging from homelessness. She also has worked as an executive recruiter for nonprofits. Before joining the nonprofit sector, Olivia was a senior financial executive in the insurance industry.
Olivia is an active Court Appointed Special Advocate, serving as an advocate in the court system for children who have been removed from their homes. Her volunteer leadership experience includes having served on boards of a wide range of nonprofits, from social services to the arts. She was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the Governor’s Task Force Against Domestic Violence. Olivia has been recognized for her civic engagement with a Girl’s Inc. She Knows Where She’s Going Award, the Outstanding Alumni Award from Leadership Sarasota, the Community Impact Award and Hall of Fame Award from the Junior League of Sarasota, a Woman of Impact from the Sarasota County Commission on the Status of Women, and Nonprofit of the Year from the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.
Olivia earned a B.S. in Business Administration from The College of Charleston, and an M.B.A. from The Citadel. She also is a graduate of Leadership Sarasota, the Gulf Coast Leadership Institute and Leadership Florida. Olivia holds designations as a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and a Certified Facilitator.