Data Unit Director
Blake Thomas serves as Data Policy and Research Director for the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles. In this role, he monitors data analytics and organizes grant facilitation. Thomas oversees and collaborates with the Data Unit team to produce the Bureau’s analytical and statistical reports.
In 2019, Thomas joined the Bureau as a Data Policy and Research Analyst. He was promoted to Interim Data Policy and Research Director in November 2022.
He began his career in banking and later transitioned to serving as an Analyst for the Alabama Public Service Commission Electricity Policy Division. He also served as grant manager for the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. Thomas founded his own grant management firm for fine arts where he implemented freelance economics analysis. He has served as Executive Director of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. He also served as a board member on The Arts Council of Montgomery and the President of the Montgomery Ballet.
Thomas received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Alabama in 2010.
Thomas is married to Tiffany Thomas and has two children, Loma and Elliot. Outside of his career, Thomas enjoys camping and family-oriented events.