Charles Thomas

Executive Director, Queen City Forward

Charles Thomas is the executive director of Queen City Forwarda social innovation accelerator and incubator whose mission is to unleash the potential of high growth, high impact social entrepreneurs in Charlotte, N.C. to spur economic development, improve the lives of citizens, and drive a new model for sustainable growth. Prior to leading Queen City Forward, Thomas served as the director of education of The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film. During his tenure, he expanded the Museum’s outreach program, increasing impact and earned revenue. Thomas is a professional photographer and recently co-published a book of photography and stories with co-author Valaida Fullwood titled “GIVING BACK: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists,” which recently won the 2012 Terry McAdam Book Award.