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Deidre Thomas

Grants Coordinator, Houston Arts Alliance

Houston Art Alliance
3201 Allen Parkway
Houston, Texas 77584
T: 713-527-9330

Deidre Thomas is a Houston native and is currently attending Houston Baptist University in pursuit of her MBA. Deidre joined The Houston Arts Alliance staff in 2015 and serves in the Grants Department. The Grants departments awards over $4 million dollars annually to artists and arts organizations in the 4th largest city in the nation. As a Grants Coordinator, she serves in all aspects of the Houston Arts Alliances’ grants programming and initiatives. In this role, she also applies a broad range of skills in process management and technology, and has been instrumental in creating systems and resources to support the management and growth of the grants programs. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston in Sociology, minor in African American Studies and a certificate in nonprofit management through American Humanics. Her background includes work in fashion, education and marketing. She is a fashion enthusiast and lives vicariously through other creatives working in different mediums. She runs her own blog, The Esoteric Tribe, a celebration of multicultural fashion and art. She loves to travel and has been fortunate enough to visit Dubai, Singapore and Costa Rica. These experiences and fine places introduced her to new people, big ideas and global concepts that helped shape the person she is today.