Auburn Hills’ Leadership Oakland has selected Thomas Sommer as its new executive director.
“Tom has a clear vision to lead our organization into the future and ensure its success,” says Patricia Blout, board president of Leadership Oakland. “We are confident he will strengthen Leadership Oakland’s reputation and ability to attract and help develop the region’s top and upcoming leaders.”
Sommor has more than 20 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations. He most recently served as the senior director for corporate and foundation relations for Kettering University in Flint. He is also on the board of directors of the Detroit Area Association of Fundraising Professionals and chair of the mentor program.
Sommor has a master’s degree in public policy and public finance from Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration from The George Washington University. He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the State University of New York College at Buffalo.
Leadership Oakland’s previous executive director, Nancy Maurer, is leaving the organization to start a leadership coaching and consulting business. The organization was founded in 1990 and is focused on business and community leadership development.