Tatiana Thomas

Project Manager

“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”

Toni Morrison

Tatiana Thomas is a Project Manager at Cook Ross. In her role, she does her best work at the intersection of a carefree, creative genius and a disciplined deep-sea diver. In the ocean of developing and optimizing operational processes, Tatiana supports end-to-end management of client deliverables, overseeing special projects execution and producing internal & external communications. 

Clients may see her Project Management Professional Certification, her experience as a C-Suite level executive assistant, or her accolades as a special projects manager at the Lincoln Center in New York City and be impressed. However, we would say that her devotion and dedication to her artistic practice as a painter give her the dexterity and bravery to guide teams through complex and abstract challenges.

For this University of North Carolina – Greensboro graduate, creating a safe space for people to be honest in their partnerships and allowing them to make mistakes while encouraging them to trailblaze and innovate is her philosophy of work. Impacting lives through inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility work drives Tatiana in her daily journey.

Her commitment to creating representation in corporate America, helping to shape and mold places where black people lack access, and teaching others how to make an impact by leading from the back is what draws Tatiana to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility (IDEA) work. She remarks, “It’s a gentle reminder to be conscious of how I show up in the world and to make everything I do count.”

When Tatiana is not in her art studio exploring various mediums of expression and “breaking the rules” of painting, she enjoys traveling. You’ll find her vibing out to mellow music on her commute to the beach or the mountains, honing in her favorites, Tupac, John Coltrane, and H.E.R. On days when she is not spoiling her nieces and nephews rotten, this book worm just might be soaking in the words of Toni Morrison in The Bluest Eye or getting lost in Little Bee by Chris Cleave. 

“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”

Toni Morrison