Jan Thomas Full CV

Summary: Jan Thomas​​ is a communications specialist focusing on website content management, developmental editing, team communications projects, and cultivating thought leadership. She has held communications and program roles with groups working in environmental protection, peace, environmental justice, interfaith education, and organization development.

Communications Platforms and Tools: Microsoft Office; WordPress; PHP / HTML code editing; Constant Contact; MailChimp; Googledocs; Trello; Zoom.


Communications ​Specialist, East Bay, CA (2005 – present)

Website content management, development editing, team collaborations, special projects.

Communications ​Manager, The Grove Consultants International, San Francisco, CA (2014 – 2019)

Built organizational thought leadership and grew web presence through interviews, writing, editing, social media posts, and website and blog posts in WordPress, PHP and HTML. Prepared and distributed Grove eJournal. Video editing; manuscript editing; content management for three website refreshes. The Grove has pioneered the use of visual facilitation​ ​methods in organization development for teaming, collaboration, and change.

Personal Editor for Carl Anthony’s Book, The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race, Berkeley, CA (2007-2016; 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 Carl Anthony’s personal story within the intersections of race, the environment, Africa, cosmology, cities, and environmental justice.

Program Director, The Chaplaincy Institute – An Interfaith Seminary and Community, Berkeley, CA (2006 – 2010)

A multi-faceted seminary leadership role including curriculum development, ministerial formation, web content development, faculty liaison, and alumni relations.

U.S. and K-12 Program Director, Earth Day Network, Seattle, WA (2000 – 2002)

• Responsible for communications and coordination with organizers of over 1,000 Earth Day activities in the United States.

• Lead writer of environmental Teachers Guides that were distributed to 80,000 U.S. teachers: PowerShift; Fundamental Forests; Biodiversity: Earth’s Living Treasure; WaterWays; and Renew Our Future.

Co-Author, Safe Energy Handbook, Berkeley, CA (1998)

Safe_Energy_Handbook_Blue_Cover_sshotCo-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.

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 anthropologist investigating the evolution of human spoken language and the interrelationships of sound and meaning among the world’s present-day languages. 

Programs Coordinator for North American & Asia-Pacific Office, EarthAction International, 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. 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)

Media relations for an international citizens’ peace encampment on the border of Iraq and Saudi Arabia, before and during the 1991 Gulf War.

Research Assistant and Office Manager, Daniel Ellsberg, Ph.D., Kensington, CA (1982-1989)

Sole aide to former government official and Rand analyst, supporting his work as a writer, lecturer, policy scholar, and peace activist. Fielded media and speaking requests and organized materials for a university course and a book manuscript.

Psychiatric Social Work Supervisor (1980-1981) and Psychiatric Social Worker (1977-1980), Lakeshore Mental Health Institute, Knoxville, TN

Directed a community mental health program and supervised a team of psychiatric social workers. Performed case management, counseling, and client advocacy services.


Interfaith Minister, El Cerrito, CA (2005 – present)

Officiant for weddings and memorials. Also see collected sacred wisdom quotes, sacred songs and more at soulandmeaning.com.

Interfaith Spiritual Director, El Cerrito, CA (2008 – present)

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.

Curator and Editor, “Living Interfaith“, The Chaplaincy Institute – An Interfaith Seminary and Community, Berkeley, CA (2017)

Selected, organized, and posted 110 articles to create an articles portfolio for a seminary website upgrade.

Co-Creator (with William Sewall) of a Video, Music, Ministry & Spirit, Richmond, CA (2015)

Teamed with a videographer to create a 20-minute how-to video, geared to interfaith ministers and others seeking to support people with singing at life’s end.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

—Master of Social Work, specializing in Psychiatric Social Work
—Bachelor of Social Work, with minor in Psychology

The Chaplaincy Institute – An Interfaith Seminary

—Interfaith Minister – ordained in 2005
—Interfaith Spiritual Director – certificate in 2007

The Grove Consultants International

—Training in Graphic Facilitation, Virtual Facilitation, Team Performance, & Strategic Visioning


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