Hopelink names Lauren Thomas as its CEO

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lauren Thomas named as CEO of Hopelink
Redmond-based Hopelink has named Lauren Thomas as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Thomas will lead the largest nonprofit organization serving North and East King County, which helps 60,000 homeless and low-income families and individuals every year through a network of social services, including a major site location in Shoreline.

Thomas has served as Hopelink President and Interim CEO since Oct. 31, when Marilyn Mason-Plunkett retired due to health reasons. Prior to her interim role, Thomas guided daily internal operations as Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer at Hopelink since 2010.

She has more than 25 years of leadership experience, strategy development, business operations and mission delivery focusing on the not-for-profit sector. Prior to joining Hopelink, Thomas was COO for eight years at Wellspring Family Services, a Seattle agency addressing homelessness and providing domestic violence intervention, counseling, and children’s emotional development services.

Thomas started her not-for-profit career at the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Professional in Human Resources. 

Thomas said the position will enable her to combine her passion for the organization’s mission with a commitment to implementing best practices in serving the community.

“I am committed to the vision of a community free from poverty,” she said. “As a business person, I also know we must be good stewards of the support we have been so fortunate to receive in this generous community. As the Hopelink CEO, I will be able to share my passion – share our mission – while pursuing innovative approaches to reducing poverty and helping more people become self-sufficient. 
“And I can’t underestimate the good fortune of working with an amazing and dedicated staff and volunteers. Hopelink is truly poised to take on all of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”

Thomas will begin her new position March 29.


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