Dorothy Thomas

Associate, Health Systems

Describe your job in one sentence. 

Typically, when I’m giving the “dinner party” description of what I do, I will say that I work on supply chain strengthening projects that are based in French-speaking West and Central Africa. A lot of these projects focus on getting quality vaccines where they need to be, on time, and in sufficient quantity. I guess I cheated since this is more than one sentence!

What is one thing you hope to achieve in your job. 

At the core, the thing that I most hope to achieve in this job and, more globally in my career and life, is to improve health and equity among historically disenfranchised groups. I think that once you’ve got the basics (like vaccines) covered, people can really thrive.

What is something you are passionate about outside of work?

Seattle is a really special place and there are so many fun ways to enjoy all that the city and surrounding areas have to offer. I do a lot of outdoors-ing in my free time—biking, trail-running, skiing, backpacking—all of the “earth child” activities characteristic of your typical Seattle resident. Lately, I have been feeling really at home running in groups of women.

What is your favorite book and why?

One of my favorite books is “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer—a fantastic ecologist and a brilliant writer and storyteller. The book is about a lot of things, but what brings me back to it time and again is how cleansing and grounding it feels to absorb its lessons. I love how Kimmerer writes about how important it is and how good it can to feel to acknowledge the generosity of the one planet that we have been given. She talks a lot about intentional reciprocity between human beings and the land we inhabit.

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