Personnel note: Rashad Thomas to lead AT&T’s Miami-Dade, Broward external affairs

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Thomas will work with local and state officials to enhance AT&T’s presence in the region.

Rashad D. Thomas is AT&T Florida’s new Regional Director of External Affairs for Miami-Dade.

In his new role, Thomas will be responsible for external and legislative affairs activities in Miami-Dade County and parts of Broward. His responsibilities will include working with local and state government officials and enhancing AT&T’s presence throughout the region.

“Miami is a key driver for our business in Florida, so we’re excited to have someone as talented as Rashad to help guide our efforts with elected officials and stakeholders in the area,” said AT&T Florida President Joe York. “His experience in Miami-Dade Government and roots as a lifelong Miamian make Rashad a strong addition to the AT&T Florida team.”

A Bethune-Cookman University graduate, Thomas has worked in various capacities in the Miami-Dade County government for nearly two decades.

Thomas came to AT&T from Port Miami, where he served as Manager of Strategic Partnerships and Community Relations. The position saw him collaborate with local businesses and organizations to connect them with opportunities at one of Florida’s biggest economic engines.

Before that, he was the assistant to the Miami-Dade Deputy Mayor, responsible for the office’s COVID-19 Response Team. In 2019, he served as the Vice President of Business Connect and Legacy Projects for the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee for Super Bowl LIV.

“I am thrilled at the amazing opportunity to join Joe York and the incredible AT&T Florida team,” Thomas said. “The favorite part of my many years of public service has been the moments when I was able to directly help constituents in need; I look forward to continuing this focus with AT&T in my hometown.”

Thomas, a Miami native, has received numerous awards and recognitions over his career, including 40 Under 40 awards from Legacy Magazine and Bethune-Cookman, as well as the Miami-Dade Black Affairs Advisory Board 2021 Community Pillar award.

He was also named an Emerging Leader by FIU, is a member of the Miami Foundation Fellows Cohort X, and was recognized by the Black Professionals Network 2020 Black Men in Excellence.

Thomas and his wife, Shannon, have three sons.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


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