Miss Dortheá E. Thomas
A world renowned published author, motivational speaker, and eco-justice activist.
As a passionate Political and Social Justice Activist, Ms. Dorthea Thomas works as an Detroit & Great Lakes Organizer for the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter. She is a world renowned published author, leadership coach and motivational speaker. A strong proponent of leadership and personal development, she uses her communication and motivating strengths to empower others to reach their greatest potential in life. A three time author, Dortheá released her debut book “High Heels and Higher Expectations: Step out on faith; Expect the Best in your Life” in March 2015, along with her second literary work “A Glimmer of H.O.P.E. – Healing, Optimism and Positive Energy” and third book “Obligated Emotions: Poetry for the Soul” shortly after. She is also the Founder of the Detroit Environmental & Water Alliance, a community group dedicated to the pursuit of social justice – when it comes to clean air, clean water and a just transition for a green energy economy for all.
She’s the CEO and Founder of The Minority Women in Leadership Commission, a nonprofit organization dedicated to mentoring and empowering young women to increase their leadership capabilities.
She has been the press secretary assistant intern for the U.S. Senate, a personal assistant for a Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives, and became a graduate of The White House Project “Go Run” training in 2012. She is an influential young progressive who is passionate about: Health, Environmental, and Climate Policy.
In the past, she has worked as an Environmental and Climate Justice Leadership Fellow with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to help create the first Climate Justice initiative. As an Climate Justice Leadership Fellow at the New Organizing Instutitue for WE ACT for Environmental Justice, she worked to implement an environmental justice perspective in the Obama Climate Action Plan. Also, she worked as an AmeriCorps Green Schools Coordinator with Detroit Public Schools and Ecoworks. In that position she help develop communication strategies, energy effiency projects on energy, resource management, and nutrition, and manage ultility bills to help improve student acheivement, lower district cost, and improve the health of the district.
In 2010, she became a Council on Legal Education Opportunity Scholar at Thomas Cooley Law School by completing a Sophomore Summer Institute in high honors. She graduated with a B.S. in Women and Gender Studies, Public Law and Government, and Criminology/ Criminal Justice at Eastern Michigan University.
As a Human and Civil Rights Activist, she currently serves as the 1st Vice President NAACP Youth and College Division in Michigan and an Environmental and Climate Justice Youth Ambassador for the National Headquarters; in the past she also served in the leadership position of 1st Vice President of the NAACP Eastern Michigan University Chapter.
Her community memberships and involvement exist in many local, regional, and national organizations such as: RESTORE Northeast Detroit, NAACP Detroit Branch, National Association of Professional Women Greater Detroit Chapter, American Association of University Women, and the National Association of Women Lawyers Student Affiliate.
Follow Dorthea E. Thomas latest projects:
- Minority Women in Leadership Commission
- Hope For Green – Having Only Positive Expectations for GREEN
- Detroit Water & Environmental Justice Alliance