Thomas Sumpter, Pittsburgh School Director, District 3

Thomas Sumpter is a member of the Pittsburgh Board of Education

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Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Committee To Elect Thom Sumpter PO Box 53053 Pittsburgh PA 15219

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Biographical Information

Thomas (Thom) Sumpter is 64 years old and retired. He was born in Saint Francis Hospital in Pittsburgh on Saint Patrick’s Day in 1950. He resides in the Schenley Heights(Upper Hill) section of Pittsburgh with his wife Sarah, of 33 years, and daughter Crystal.

Thom was involved in the scouts, organized baseball and bowling, and youth groups growing up in Pittsburgh.

Thom was educated in the Pittsburgh Public School System. He attended Madison Elementary, H.C. Frick Elementary School, now Frick International Studies Academy, and Schenley High School where he graduated with high honor. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Relations from Carnegie Mellon University. He also did graduate work at the School of Urban and Public Affairs at Carnegie Mellon University and the Graduate School of Urban Planning at Morgan State University. He has a certificate of completion from Columbia School of Broadcasting. He is a Broad Fellow in recognition of successful completion of The Broad Institute for School Boards.

Thom worked summers while in college as a Computer Programmer, with Gulf Oil, a Metallurgy Lab Technician, with E.W. Bliss Company, a Field Service Aide, with Neighborhood Youth Corps, and a Housing Counselor, with the Pittsburgh Urban League.

Thom worked for state government in West Virginia from 1976 to 1979. He worked in the Governor’s Office Economic and Community Development as a Housing Specialist and a Land Use Specialist. He chaired a State Housing Task Force and authored an executive order that was signed into law.

Thom returned to Pittsburgh and started working for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 1979. He worked with HUD for 25 years. He worked as a community planning and development representative, an environmental officer, a control file subsystem supervisor, an affordable housing specialist, a rehabilitation management specialist and an environmental protection specialist. He administered Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, Housing Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds, Supportive Housing Program (SHP) funds, Youthbuild funds, and Housing Opportunities for People With Aids (HOPWA) funds to local units of government and non-profit organizations in the western half of Pennsylvania and all of West Virginia. He retired in July 2004.

Thom is the elected Allegheny County Democratic Party Male Member for the 5th Ward District 8 in the City of Pittsburgh. He is a member of The Friends of the Carnegie Library Hill District Branch.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.  He is a member of Carrone Baptist Church.  He is the Financial Secretary and a member of the Media Ministry at Carrone.

Thom was the Second Vice President, the Third Vice President and an Executive Committee Member of the NAACP Pittsburgh Branch. He was President of PCM Charities and a former radio talk show host.