Thomas Franco is a government professional with experience across local, state, and federal government. Recently, he led policy and advocacy efforts at the Center on Rural Innovation, a nonprofit working to advance the tech sector and build equitable wealth in rural communities across the country. In 2021, he was elected Alderman in Rutland, Vermont, where he was appointed Vice Chair of the Community and Economic Development Committee and liaison to several regional and local organizations. His work has primarily centered on economic development, community-led grassroots initiatives, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Thomas is a proud alumnus of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Teach for America, and New Leaders Council. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Case Western Reserve University and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University.