Jordan Thomas

Summer of 2017

Jordan Thomas ’18, of Newark, New Jersey, graduated summa cum laude from the former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, Phi Beta Kappa with dual certificates in Portuguese Language and Culture and African American Studies. Thomas is the Gilbert S. Omenn ’61 and Martha A. Darling MPA ’70 Scholar. He has worked with the Pace Center for Civic Engagement on projects that aim to bridge the income-achievement gap in New Jersey by mentoring and supporting underrepresented area youth. Thomas is particularly interested in the role that law, public policy and high-quality education play in expanding access and opportunity for disadvantaged populations. In summer 2016, he traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and performed humanitarian service in favela neighborhoods during the Olympics. On campus, Thomas was a residential college advisor, one of the co-chairs on the Community House Executive Board, Office of International Programs (OIP) Student Advisory board member, a U-Store student trustee, a Students for Education Reform board member and a Pace Center service fellow. In 2017, he received an R. W. van de Veld Award from the Woodrow Wilson School for outstanding junior independent work. Jordan Thomas served his 2017 SINSI internship at the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education.