On December 5, the global health community lost a dear friend, Chris Thomas. Chris worked for nearly two decades as a global health champion at USAID, serving as the lead communications officer for the Office of Infectious Disease, the President’s Malaria Initiative, the GH liaison within Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA) as well as filling numerous other roles throughout the Global Health Bureau.
“Global health, USAID and simply the world lost a giant last week. Chris Thomas and I first met at USAID back in the early days of PEPFAR. We worked with each other in some way since that time. From HIV to TB to child survival. I will always think of his generous heart and love of global health. On the personal side, Chris took me to my first Nats game. That day the Nats scored a crazy amount of runs. Symbolic since we were all winning at life for getting to know him and work with him. Chris will be missed. Please take time to appreciate your friends and family this holiday season.”
~Nicole Schiegg, Partner, C5 collective
“Chris was an amazing friend and inspiring mentor to countless global health professionals. I will remember him most for his fearlessly big ideas, endless optimism about the power of our work, and overwhelming generosity of his time and wisdom. Global health – and USAID – will not be the same without him.”
~Amy Fowler, Communications and Advocacy Advisor, Global Health Bureau, USAID