About Dea Thomas
Born here in Baltimore, Dea’s mother and father met as nurses in University of Maryland Medical System. Her parents taught her to value her mind, nurture her health, and take care of her community.
Dea believes youth education, mentorship, and leadership are paramount to the health of our communities. As a weekly mentor with SHARPkids and volunteer for Changing Turn Community Health Services, Dea nurtures and invests in our youth’s curiosity, ingenuity, bravery, compassion and leadership. These experiences afford her invaluable opportunities to observe our communities through the eyes and ears of our future, and enhance her understanding of the needs for the most vulnerable people among us.
Dea began her public service career ten years ago on the Ben Cardin for U.S. Senate campaign. She then served as a member of Senator Cardin’s legislative staff. There, Dea covered universal health care reform – finding ways to end healthcare disparities, improving the children’s health insurance program, and related health/wellness issues.
After working in the U.S. Senate, Dea joined local 1199 Service Employees International Union(SEIU) where she continued efforts toward affordable health care by facilitating the implementation of a $4.6 million Green Grant issued by the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant provided workforce training to over 500 workers, reduced the carbon footprint of 9 health care institutions throughout Maryland, and promoted cost savings by increasing recycling on patient floors, using rechargeable batteries, and initiating composting programs.
Dea continues to advocate for working families, workforce development, and patient centered healthcare in her current role at Johns Hopkins Home Care Group. She serves as a hospital administrator working with Hopkins physicians to integrate an expansive health care software system that will enhance care for seniors and children across Maryland.
Dea holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from Howard University and an Masters of Science degree in Health Systems Management from the University of Baltimore.