Founder & CEO
Role at Waldron
As CEO, Tom splits his time between direct client work in the Social Enterprise practice and developing and managing the strategic focus for the Firm. “No matter how large we grow, I will always manage a portfolio of board and senior leader searches in the social enterprise sector. I love the work.” Tom's political savvy, discreet style, creative approach, and strong ethical emphasis have consistently enhanced the firm's reputation for performance and for helping clients achieve desired results.
Over the past 30 years Tom and his colleagues have established Waldron as one of the premier consulting firms. Tom has also played a significant role in increasing the diversity among other key leadership positions and on boards of directors through his search efforts. Tom's advisory relationships have influenced the direction of literally hundreds of community organizations and private enterprises over the years.
Tom was recruited from business school at the University of Washington to join Botany 500, a major national apparel retailer. In four years he progressed from Trainee to the youngest Regional Manager in the company’s history. He then joined Executive Resources, Inc., a Seattle-based executive search firm providing services to Fortune 500 companies. Within six years he was named Partner, and opened the firm’s Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, California offices. In 1982, Tom returned to Seattle to launch Waldron.
- Burke Museum, Trustee, Current Governance Chair, Executive Committee Member
- Pro Mujer, Board of Directors
- Seattle International Foundation, Trustee
- University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs, Advisory Board
- Global Partnerships Executive Committee (8 years), Nominating and Governance Chair, Investment Committee Chair
- Seattle Biomed, Executive Committee (8 years), Treasurer, Governance Chair
- Empowering Women, Host Committee
- Past board service: Wellspring Family Services; The International District Health Clinic; Women's Funding Alliance; Washington State Ferry Advisory Committee; Global Philanthropy Forum; Evergreen Partners
Outside of Waldron
Tom and his wife Pam are personally engaged in local and global philanthropic endeavors. “I would like you to think that our engagement in philanthropy is doing our part for the greater good. However, a near total emersion in the work being done in domestic and global poverty alleviation has been the most intellectually stimulating journey of my life--it has changed my social network, reading habits and my life purpose. Pretty self-serving if you ask me.”
Tom loves the game of tennis and competes in regional and USTA tournaments. He is a devoted husband and father of two college-age children.
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