With over two decades of experience in diversity and inclusion, community mobilization, business development, health equity, policy advocacy, philanthropy and marketing communications, Tomás brings an innovative, purpose-driven approach to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in health care. In his recent role as the president and CEO of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association, he helped create and launch an award-winning Equity of Care Campaign to eliminate health care disparities that engaged nearly 1,500 hospitals and health systems and 50 state hospital associations in this national initiative. He also brokered a strategic alliance with the National Urban League to advance health equity and diversity in health care governance across the U.S. and launched an online Executive Diversity Career Navigator tool for healthcare leaders from underrepresented groups.
His previous senior executive roles include president and CEO of the People of Color Network, Inc.; president of Friendship Community Mental Health Center; executive partner of MarCom Worldwide LLC; vice president of the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, president and CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, executive director of Youth On Their Own, Inc.; and associate director of the Border Health Foundation.
As a tireless leader on behalf of diverse communities and populations, Tomás has been recognized with numerous awards for his work and advocacy, including Diversity MBA’s Top 100 Under 50 Emerging Leaders Award, Wellness Council of Arizona’s Executive Champion for Worksite Wellness Award, and achievement honors from the Arizona Healthcare Executives and the Diversity Leadership Alliance.
An expert on nonprofit and health care management, Tomás has been invited to teach a master’s level course at the University of Arizona and continues to speak across the country as a subject matter expert. He has served on numerous boards and committees, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Arizona Council of Human Service Providers, and the Arizona Department of Health Services. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Arizona and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.