Summary: Jan Thomas is a communications specialist with a focus on website content management, development editing, and cultivation of thought leadership. Jan has held communications and program management roles within organizations and projects addressing environmental protection, peace, environmental justice, interfaith education, and organization development. She is also an interfaith minister and spiritual director.
Communications Platforms and Tools: Microsoft Office; WordPress; PHP / HTML code editing; Constant Contact; MailChimp; Googledocs; Trello; Zoom.
Communications Manager, The Grove Consultants International, San Francisco, CA (2014 – 2019)
Cultivation of organizational thought leadership and web presence through interviews, writing, editing, and posting of website and blog content in WordPress, PHP and HTML; Grove eJournal preparation and distribution; social media content; manuscript editing; upgrades of three websites; many special projects. In the field of organization development, The Grove has pioneered the use of visual facilitation methods for teaming, collaboration, and change.
Personal Editor for Carl Anthony’s Book, The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race, Berkeley, CA (2006-2016; book published by New Village Press, 2017)
Collaborated with environmental justice pioneer Carl Anthony over a 10-year period as an interviewer and developmental editor for his memoir, The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race. The book places his personal story within the intersections of race, the environment, Africa, cosmology, cities, and social justice.
Program Director, The Chaplaincy Institute – An Interfaith Seminary and Community, Berkeley, CA (2006 – 2010)
A multi-faceted role in seminary leadership, including curriculum development, ministerial formation, faculty liaison, web content development, and alumni relations. The Chaplaincy Institute prepares clergy to offer spiritual support to people of all faith backgrounds, including “none” and “spiritual but not religious.”
U.S. and K-12 Program Director, Earth Day Network (EDN), Seattle, WA (2000 – 2002)
• Responsible for communications and coordination with organizers of over 1,000 Earth Day activities in the United States.
Co-Author, Safe Energy Handbook, Berkeley, CA (1998)
Co-wrote a booklet that was translated into nine languages—Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French, Russian, Ukrainian, Slovenian, and Turkish—and distributed to global activists resisting nuclear energy. “The Safe Energy Handbook addresses the dangers of nuclear power, the deadly connection between nuclear power and nuclear weapons, and the alternative to fossil and nuclear fuels provided by safe, clean, renewable energy technologies available today.”
Research Associate to Linguistic Anthropologist Mary LeCron Foster, Ph.D., Berkeley, CA (1995 –1997 and 2002 – 2004)
Sole research associate and editor for a linguistic anthropology project investigating the early roots and evolution of human spoken language and the interrelationships of sound and meaning among the world’s present-day languages.
Programs Coordinator, EarthAction International, North American & Asia-Pacific Office, Oakland, CA (1992 –1994)
• Communications for a global network of more than 1,000 citizen groups in 160 countries, working to advance peace, environment, and development initiatives.
• Co-author of EarthAction Alert Summary; desktop publishing and distribution of monthly action alert mailings to international partner organizations in three languages.
U.S. Media Liaison, Gulf Peace Team, Putney, VT (1991)
Coordinated media relations for an international citizens’ peace encampment on the border of Iraq and Saudi Arabia, before and during the 1991 Gulf War.
Communications Coordinator, International Team, Earth Day 1990, Palo Alto, CA (1990)
• Editor of the Earth Day 1990 International Update, summarizing environmental activities undertaken by citizen groups in 120 countries for the first international Earth Day.
• Prepared and distributed press materials to publicize an unprecedented worldwide groundswell of initiatives for environmental protection.
MINISTRY & SPIRITUAL DIRECTION
Interfaith Minister, El Cerrito, CA (2005 – present)
Officiant for weddings and memorials. See also collections of sacred wisdom quotes, sacred songs, social change quotes and more at Jan Thomas’ website, soulandmeaning.com.
Interfaith Spiritual Director, El Cerrito, CA (2010 – present)
Support for each person’s unique journey of unfolding. A safe space to explore meaning-making, callings, spiritual growth, and attunement with inner guidance.
Co-Director & Co-Founder, Northbay Threshold Choir, East Bay, CA (2011 – present)
Involved since 2005 in the Threshold Choir bedside singing network and leadership, co-founder and co-director of three Choir chapters. Threshold singers offer musical comfort and support as people are nearing life’s end.
Curator and Editor, “Living Interfaith“, The Chaplaincy Institute – An Interfaith Seminary and Community, Berkeley, CA (2017)
Created an illustrated articles portfolio for a seminary website upgrade: selected, organized, and posted 110 articles from a collection of 375 articles spanning six years.
Co-Creator (with William Sewall) of Music, Ministry & Spirit, Richmond, CA (2015)
Teamed with a videographer to create a 20-minute how-to video with many song examples, geared to interfaith ministers and others seeking to build skills for singing at the bedside at life’s end.
—Master of Social Work, with specialization in Psychiatric Social Work
—Bachelor of Social Work, with minor in Psychology
—Interfaith Minister – ordained in 2005
—Interfaith Spiritual Director Certificate – 2006
—Training in Graphic Facilitation, Virtual Facilitation, Team Performance, & Strategic Visioning