Ariel J. Thomas, MS currently leads policy and advocacy efforts at the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force. She also supports quality improvement programming for the Chicago Breast Cancer Quality Consortium. In this dual role, Ariel provides leadership and insight to many projects, including a newly established grassroots community advocacy leadership program, as well as, research and coalition-building initiatives that focus on extending accessibility for cancer screening to Chicago workers. Prior to this position, she studied cancer biology, coordinated crisis relief efforts, worked in clinics on the South and West Sides of Chicago and navigated women to preventative cancer screenings.
With a background in both social and basic sciences, Ariel’s professional interest span from social justice policy to urban planning and evidence based research. As a volunteer, Ariel also serves as co-chair for the health committee of Lambda Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and as co-lead for the community development interest group of the Young Leaders Fund of the Chicago Community Trust. Ariel graduated summa cum laude from Howard University earning a BA in Anthropology, and received a MS in Biological Sciences from North Carolina Central University.