Nahmyo Thomas is vice president and director of executive education and the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy. She specializes in developing custom training programs for corporate, government, and university partners with a focus on understanding geopolitical, market, and regulatory trends, as well as enhancing practical management and communication skills. She has spearheaded high-level programs for global audiences, including foreign diplomats, U.S. military officials, government leaders, Fortune 500 executives, and a rising generation of graduate and undergraduate students interested in security, diplomacy, and journalism careers. Thomas serves as part of CSIS’s senior leadership team and oversees the center’s internal training programs for young professionals. She previously served as CSIS’s deputy director for external relations, overseeing government and media relations, as well as implementing the center’s marketing and communication strategies through written products, briefings, public events, and a variety of traditional, social, and multimedia tools, and assisting in standing up the center’s in-house multimedia production studio. Before that, she served as CSIS’s assistant director for congressional relations, managing the center’s outreach efforts, with a mission to educate lawmakers and advance bipartisan policy solutions on national security challenges.
Prior to joining CSIS, Thomas spent two years on Capitol Hill covering veteran’s affairs, education policy, women’s health, and immigration issues for Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA). She served as a fellow at New America Media, instructed two upper-division courses at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and helped launch the Santa Barbara County Green Business Program, establishing performance monitoring guidelines to certify green businesses across hotel, restaurant, automotive, and office/retail industries. Thomas holds a B.A. in global studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.Sc. in political science with a concentration in conflict resolution and governance from the University of Amsterdam.