Tommie believes that community power is developed through educational empowerment. This commitment is what lead him to the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and guides him as he oversees the day-to-day operations of the IAH. Tommie manages the finances, human resources, and operations.
Prior to arriving at the IAH, Tommie spent the majority of his career in the non-profit sector. Tommie was the chief operating officer of Student U, a Durham college access organization working with Durham Public Schools students, and the executive director of the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership. In addition, while in college he was a founding member and chapter president of the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network.
Tommie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College (MA) in sociology with a double minor in political science and psychology.