SVP, Chief Diversity Officer and Georgia State President, Bank of America
Geri Thomas is Chief Diversity Officer and Georgia State President for Bank of America. She serves as the chief strategist and leader for diversity and inclusion globally and serves on the bank's Global Diversity & Inclusion Council. As Georgia State President, Thomas is responsible for driving business integration opportunities across Georgia to grow market share and deliver the full power of Bank of America to individuals, companies and institutional investors. She also oversees the company's corporate social responsibility strategy locally, including philanthropic grants, community development lending and investing and volunteerism activities.
Thomas joined Bank of America in 1970. Progressing through a number of Human Resources leadership roles, she became Global Diversity and Iinclusion Executive in 2002, and was named the Georgia State President in 2009.
Active in her community, Geri is a member of the Board of Councilors of the Carter Center, the Buckhead Coalition, Georgia Tech Advisory Board and serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Committee for Progress, and the Executive Leadership Council. In addition, Thomas is a member of the executive committee for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and serves as a trustee of the Woodruff Arts Center and the Georgia State University Foundation.
In 2014 she was a recipient of the National Council for Research on Women’s Fire Starter Award and in 2013 she was awared the UNCF Mask Award for her leadership of the Atlanta campaign. Georgia State University has named her a Distinguished Alumni and she is an inductee of the YWCA of Atlanta Academy of Women Achievers. The Atlanta Business Chronicle has named her one of the 100 most influential Atlantans.
An Atlanta native, Thomas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources from Georgia State University.