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Thomas Sanchez '02

Current City

Washington, D.C.

Northwest Foundation Board Member

Board member since 2016

Board Involvement

  • Governance Committee
  • Cyber Security Sub-Committee


  • B.S. Management Information Systems; Northwest Missouri State University, 2002


  • Founder/CEO; Social Driver


Thomas Sanchez has been credited as one of the "most innovative people in Washington, D.C." and a top "minority business leader." As CEO and founder of Social Driver, he leads a digital agency that helps clients connect with people today through social media, websites, video and digital advertising. Social Driver's collaborative culture and cutting-edge strategies have been featured in media appearances on CBS, the BBC and in The Washington Post.

Thomas began his career in the emerging healthcare informatics industry with Cerner Corporation, where he helped launch new products and services around the world. Thomas also serves on the Board of Directors of The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.

Why are you "forever green"?

Like many Bearcats, Thomas is a first-generation college graduate. He believes that education has a transformational impact on individuals, families, and the community, so he spends much of his free time volunteering and giving back to education and youth-related causes.

Northwest also provided Thomas with student employment and extracurricular experience that set him apart from other job applicants so he serves on the Computer Science/Information Systems Professional Advisory Team to help ensure the curriculum stays current with industry trends and employer needs.

Thomas enjoys giving back and helping the university think about the future by serving on the Northwest Foundation Board. Thomas is a member of the 1905 Society. Since graduating, Thomas has stayed involved with friends, alumni, and faculty. Thomas was honored to deliver the spring commencement address to Northwest graduates in 2015.