The Washington, DC Metropolitan Alumni Chapter was first chartered as the Capitol-Tri-States Chapter on November 1, 1991. We serve as a medium for alumni currently residing in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia to come together for advancing the growth of our beloved Alma Mater.
Thomas Taylor - Class of 1983
Thomas Taylor, a native of Phenix City, Alabama is the youngest of seven born to Clifford and Inez Taylor. He is a 1983 graduate of Alabama A&M University where he earned a bachelorís degree in Computer Science with a minor in Military Science.
Thomas has over 28 years of military and private industry experience. He started his career as a commissioned officer in the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant. He served in the Army at various locations until 1986. He is currently an IT Program Senior Manager with Lockheed Martin in Gaithersburg, MD where he has worked on a variety of programs that have made a difference in our nationís security and services.
Within private industry, Thomas discovered that in addition to his passion for his job in Information Technology, he has a passion for helping others succeed. While working at Lockheed Martin, he has been active in college recruiting, diversity activities, and employee mentoring. Thomas has been active in recruiting at Alabama A&M and during the 90ís he was the lead recruiter at North Carolina A&T University. He co-founded the African American Affinity Group within Lockheed Martinís IS&GS Business Area that focuses on employee development, mentoring, and community service. He was a member of the Lockheed Martin IS&S Business Area Presidentís Management Advisory Team that developed and recommended employee support and development initiatives. He also has taken corporate assignments as part of the Diversity Maturity Model Peer Review team to assess Lockheed Martinís Corporate Diversity Maturity Level. Thomas worked with 100 Black Men, National Society of Black Engineers, and North Carolina A&T University student groups to request funding from Lockheed Martin for their activities.
Thomas was the winner of the 2005 Black Engineer Modern Day Technology Leadership award presented during the National Black Engineer of the Year awards ceremony. He was also the recipient of the Lockheed Martin Presidentís Award and the Lockheed Martin Diversity Award in 2004 and 2008, respectively.
He is an active member of the Alabama A&M University Alumni Association, Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Chapter, and a strong supporter of Alabama A&M University. He is a past vice president of the local alumni chapter, Life Member of the National Alumni Association, past recipient of the William H. Councill Service Award, and chapter chairperson of several committees. Recently, Thomas chaired the chapterís Endowed Scholarship committee. As a result of his leadership, the chapter raised $30,000 in 18 months which was matched by the Universityís Office of Advancement for a total endowment of $60,000. He is currently co-chairperson for the ďNu Epsilon Men of OmegaĒ Endowment with AAMU. Thomas has also been instrumental in identifying additional fundraising opportunities for the chapter. He was key in formulating the Alabama Big 3 HBCUs (Alabama A&M, Alabama State, and Tuskegee Universities) Alumni Associationís annual activities in the Washington, DC metro area. The major joint events for includes the Big 3 HBCU Scholarship Gala and the Big 3 HBCU Picnic. Both events have been very successful for all three alumni chapters.
Thomas is also active in several other organizations. He is a proud Life Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and currently active with the Lambda Gamma Gamma chapter and a member of the National Society of Black Engineers.
Thomas is married to the lovely Ouida Hampton-Taylor and lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He is the proud parent of one daughter, Kirsten James, and stepson, Marcus Hampton.