Thomas Morgan serves as chairman of the Ingham County Economic Development Corp., working to help small businesses create good jobs for local workers.
The second of five children born to a factory worker and a waitress, Morgan grew up near the poverty line. As a teen, he left high school to work full time at a grocery store and help put food on his family’s table. After obtaining his GED, Morgan juggled a full load of classes at community college with working full time so he could fulfill his goal of being the first person in his family to graduate college.
After graduating with honor from Michigan State University, Morgan began his professional career as a watchdog journalist at City Pulse, where he worked to shine a light on local government.
After several years in journalism, Morgan turned to a career in professional advocacy. He’s led the charge for numerous progressive campaigns on behalf of nurses, teachers, children, people with disabilities and skilled trades workers, among many others.
Along the way, he’s built a reputation as a tough-as-nails advocate who’s not afraid to challenge the status quo — no matter how powerful the opposition might be.
In addition to his professional work, Morgan, who’s married with two young children, has served his community in numerous volunteer roles, including:
Thomas Morgan has served as: