The Annie E. Casey Foundation Names Thomasina "Tomi" Hiers as Vice President for Civic Sites and Community Change
The Annie E. Casey Foundation today announced that Thomasina “Tomi” Hiers, a veteran government, nonprofit and philanthropic leader, has been named vice president of its Center for Civic Sites and Community Change effective Jan. 14.
The center advances community development strategies to improve the lives of children and families in Baltimore, where Casey is based; in Atlanta, where the Foundation also has an office; and in other cities across the country.
Hiers has been the director of the national Foundation’s work since 2016. Under her leadership, Casey launched a major initiative to create more opportunities for the city’s youth and young adults, developed in response to the unrest in Baltimore that followed the death of Freddie Gray, which highlighted the considerable obstacles to success that young people face. This has included directing investments to reconnect youth with school and positive, caring relationships with adults; working with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development to better serve young people; and building stronger relationships with employers to allow for more sector-specific programs and on-the-job learning opportunities.
The efforts of Hiers and her team also contributed to nearly doubling the number of summer jobs available for young people through the city’s YouthWorks program and to launching Grads2Careers, a city project to help high school graduates secure jobs and build careers and to strengthen connections between government workforce and education agencies.
Source: The Annie E. Casey Foundation