Council Position #6
Council President Pro Tem
Contact Phone: (206) 290-9031
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Appointed to Council: March 11, 2014
Term expires: 12/31/19
2016 COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS
Public Facilities District Oversite Committee
SeaShore Transportation Forum
Transit Oriented Development PSRC
Tom Mesaros became a member of Edmonds City Council on March 11, 2014 to fill a vacant unexpired term that ends in November 2015 depending on the results of municipal elections held that month. During his professional career Tom has been an executive leader in not-for-profit management and most recently has stepped down from being the President & CEO of the Alford Group, a national firm specializing in consulting to the not-for-profit community.
He began his career in 1975 when he joined the staff of the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America. After serving in a variety of roles for more than seven years, he was recruited during 1982 to become the President & CEO of the Providence Foundation at Providence Medical Center in Seattle. In 1992, once again, he was recruited away to become the Vice President for Fund Development for the Sisters of Providence Health System in Springfield, MA. During his three year tenure there he launched several significant efforts to grow the donor base and increase community volunteer involvement in their fund raising efforts. As part of that process, he engaged the Alford Group to provide guidance in one of the six institutions that comprised the health system.
In 1995 he returned to Seattle to join the Alford Group and open the firm’s Seattle office. In 2001 he became the COO of the firm and was appointment President and CEO during January 2003 serving in that role until February 2014. He continues to work for the firm as Senior Counsel serving clients throughout Washington State and also provides guidance to a client in Chattanooga, TN.
Tom was born in Bridgeport, CT and spent his junior high and high school years in Fairfield, CT. He graduated with his bachelor of arts degree from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN (1970) and served in the United States Army from 1971 to 1974 as a Czech linguist for the Army Security Agency.
His community activities include Edmonds Citizens for Schools, a board member of North Seattle College Education Fund, a member of the Edmonds Veteran’s Memorial Committee and Seattle Rotary Club. Professionally, he is the immediate past chair and board member of the Giving Institute, a national association focused on promoting ethical fund raising across North America.
As a member of the city council, Tom has worked to guide the city into its future noting that change is a constant in the life of companies, not-for-profit organizations and municipalities. Change is always happening – Edmonds has to be prepared for change and lead and respond to the elements of change. This is a wonderful city with many great assets. The role of city leadership is to protect and invest in those assets so that change makes them better for all of our citizens, and for our children and grandchildren to enjoy as well.
Tom lives with his wife, Margaret (a retired Edmonds School District Elementary Principal) at Point Edwards Condominiums; he first moved to Edmonds in 1990 and returned to Edmonds when he moved back from the East Coast in 1995. His three children are all graduates of Edmonds Woodway High School.