Dr. Georgianne Thomas received her Doctor of Arts in the Humanities from Clark Atlanta University, her Master’s in Education degree from Georgia State University, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College. Community activism, the arts and politics have all been large components of Dr. Thomas’ life. Currently an Adjunt Professor at Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Dr. Thomas has worked with the City of Atlanta Municipal Court as a program manager assisting victims of domestic violence, as a trainer with the City of Atlanta, as a trainer with Delta Air Lines, and as an instructor in Atlanta Public Schools.
Additionally, Dr. Thomas has always had a passion for fashion and skin care. She founded Georgianne’s Skin Treats after surviving breast cancer in 2002. She was compelled to dust off her dreams deferred, and commit to making them a reality. So, she asked God for a second chance. First, she finished the Doctor of Arts degree, with a concentration in French Literature, in 2006. Then, she created Georgianne’s Skin Treats. Dr. Thomas worked in the beauty and hair care industry as a sideline pursuit in the 1960s and 1970s while she taught French in the public school system in Georgia. Now many years and career success later, Dr. Thomas has launched a company that embodies her zeal for life.
She is a former Mayoral Appointed Chair of the Atlanta Sister Cities Commission. In this position, Dr. Thomas was Co-Chair of the Sister Cities International, Inc. Convention, bringing the only convention to Atlanta in the 50-year history of the international organization. She is a recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Volunteer Award with Sister Cities International, and she was honored for her contribution to international awareness and involvement in the City of Atlanta with the Delta Torch Award in 2003, presented by the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The award honored recipients who excelled as activists in the areas of Economic Development; Educational Development; International Awareness and Involvement; Political Awareness and Involvement; Physical and Mental Health; and Arts and Letters. She was voted a member of the National Board of Directors for Sister Cities International in 2002 to 2005 and elected to the Honorary Board of Directors for Sister Cities International, Washington, D.C. in 2006. Dr. Thomas is also a member of Pi Delta Phi Société d’Honneur Française and the Golden Key International Honor Society.
She is founding chair of the Atlanta-Cotonou (Benin) Sister City Committee and served as the attaché for the Republic of Benin during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Dr. Thomas has served as a Georgia delegate to the National Summit on Africa; was former president of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Media Women; and was a pioneer member of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists (AABJ). Dr. Thomas is an honorary State Senator in Georgia (2006); is the recipient of an Atlanta City Council proclamation for outstanding work in the community; and is an appointee to the Advisory Council of the Hemisphere, Inc. Free Trade Area of the Americas. She is the former Chair of the Atlanta Commission on Women which develops programs to help promote women and girls issues as they relate to employment, education, sports, business, etc. Dr. Thomas has been a founder and member of numerous other organizations ranging from the Southern Christian Leadership Council, to Atlanta Neighborhood Planning Board, the African Chamber of Commerce, the National Council for Negro Women, and the Board of the Arts Exchange.
A seasoned actress, Dr. Thomas can be seen in the films, Let’s Do It Again, Noah Dearborn, Miss Lettie and Me, The Fighting Temptations, The Gospel, Madea’s Family Reunion, in an untitled Dallas Austin Project, Rob and the Mob, Miracles, and in American Idol contestant George Huff’s music video, just to name a few. Dr. Thomas was also a lead character in two weeks of the 365 Days/365 Plays by Pulitzer prize-winner, Suzan-Lori Parks. She is an interview coach for various artists, a writer, producer, director of television specials, teaches acting classes, and she has been a cable talk show host, and a radio announcer for WCLK – 91.9FM in Atlanta. She is the former President of the National Association of Media Women, Atlanta Chapter, organized by Ms. Xernona Clayton, as well as one of the founding pioneers of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists. Dr. Thomas has attended several writers’ conferences for filmmakers and is the Executive Director of Footsoldiers: Class of 1964, an award documentary (www.footsoldiers1964.com)
In her political life, Dr. Thomas has been a candidate for the Atlanta City Council and for Georgia State Senate. She was elected to the Fulton County Democratic Party in 2002. Dr. Thomas is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and is the proud mother of Rev. Alvelyn J. Sanders who herself is an artist and career professional of considerable note.
Trustee Emeritus at Big Bethel A.M.E. Church. Former President of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Media Women. Founding Member of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists. Founding Member of the African Chamber of Commerce (Mayor Maynard Jackson). Former Vice-Chair of the Atlanta Planning and Advisory Board (APAB) City of Atlanta, the governing board of the Neighborhood Planning Units. Former Chair and Vice-Chair of the Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) S, covering the West End, Cascade and Oakland City of Atlanta. Co-Founder of the APAB Leadership Institute for Community Based Training, City of Atlanta. Volunteer with the Georgia Council of International Visitors. Volunteer the Atlanta Business League, S.C.L.C. Women, NAACP-ACT-So Competition, Atlanta Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women, and the United Negro College Fund. Member Organization of Black Airline Pilots, Inc. Board Member of the Arts Exchange. Consultant for Warner Books 1979-2001, Media Escort Services. Recipient of Special Citation from former Ambassador and Mayor, Andrew Young, for translation services during the visit of former President Mitterrand’s visit to Atlanta.