Steering Committee


Dr. Lydia W. Thomas

Dr. Lydia W. ThomasDr. Thomas is the retired president and chief executive officer of Noblis, Inc., a nonprofit science, technology and strategy organization working at all levels of government in areas that are essential to our nation's well-being: national and homeland security; public safety; transportation; health care; criminal justice; energy and the environment; and oceans, atmosphere and space.

Dr. Thomas sits on the board of directors of Mueller Water Products, Inc., the United States Energy Association, the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Conference Board. She has also been a member of the board of directors of the Cabot Corporation (NYSE: CBT) since 1994. She currently serves on the President's Homeland Security Advisory Council, and previously served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the U.S. Department of Defense's Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program and the Environmental Advisory Board to the Army Corp of Engineers. She also serves as vice chair of the Board of Trustees of George Washington University.

Dr. Thomas holds a Ph.D. from Howard University, a Master of Science degree from American University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University.