Meet Regional Director Benoy Thomas
CRS welcomes Benoy Thomas as the new regional director (RD) overseeing agency casework in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
RD Thomas comes to CRS following a 28-year career managing large-scale projects in both the public and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, he served as a regional program manager with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Victim Services Division, in the Criminal Cyber Response and Services Branch.
A respected child welfare expert, RD Thomas served on the Maryland Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities from 2010 to 2015. The commission ensures equitable resolutions to environmental issues, often coordinating recommendations with the Children’s Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council (CEHPAC). In 2014, he was appointed to CEHPAC, serving on both commissions concurrently.
Prior to his service with the FBI, RD Thomas worked for 21 years at the District of Columbia’s Child and Family Services Agency in various managerial capacities. Between 2013 and 2014, he was the Mid-Atlantic regional director of KidsPeace, a national nonprofit organization that delivers a variety of foster care and community-based treatment programs for children, including foster care for refugees and unaccompanied minors from South and Central America.
RD Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram, India, and a master’s degree in social work from Devi Ahilya University in Indore, India, and has completed coursework in child welfare at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He currently holds social work licenses in Washington, D.C., and Maryland.
“There's no greater challenge and greater honor than to be in public service,” said RD Thomas. “I am excited about the opportunity to do even more for the American people. This is a unique opportunity for me to be a part of an agency that is committed to ensuring equity and justice for all.”