Tracie Mattivi Thomas
Thomas has a Master’s of Business degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. After completing her undergraduate degree, she interned for Senator Robert Dole in his Washington office. Following that, Tracie served as the Assistant to the Governor and Lt. Governor for the State of Kansas working on major issues facing the state, including healthcare, education, and HIV-AIDS. She has worked closely with state agencies, wrote speeches, and managed constituent relationships complicated by the AIDS epidemic.
Since the early 1990s, Thomas has worked in the financial sector. For more than 18 years, she was Vice President and Director at American Century Investments. Throughout her career, Thomas has led the development of strategic and tactical marketing and communication plans. She has built and launched several new brands, developed content and collateral materials, advertising, PR and social media campaigns, and developed and launched websites. During her tenure at American Century, Tracie was responsible for managing and leading several startup initiatives, including the launch of an international distribution division and an unprecedented partnership with the LIVESTRONG Foundation.
While much of her professional career has been in the financial sector, she is a passionate, articulate communication professional who is active in the community serving on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. She also cares deeply about both the under treatment of pain and substance use disorders.
Thomas comes to the No Longer Silent initiative with a unique perspective and background. Her father was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in his early 20s. Using both biomedical and complementary therapies, he balanced the pain of this disease his entire life while owning and operating a business in Kansas City. Her mother, diagnosed with osteoarthritis, lived for decades with a variety of physical and mental health issues, including opioid addiction. Thomas is eager to help PAINS reframe the current public discourse in a way that advocates for appropriate and compassionate care for both patient populations and does not pit one against the other.