|His name is... Thomas A. Tatum
His occupation is
Interim Housing Rehabilitation
Hes been with the City since
Thats when Thomas started working with the Planning Department as an intern in the
Comprehensive Planning Division. He has since worked various levels as a city
planner until October 2009.
Thomas is the person who
Akrons housing stock. As a HUD- Certified HOME Program Specialist in the area of
Regulations, Thomas works with housing rehabilitation initiatives under the
Neighborhood Stabilization Program and Akron Lead Demonstration Grant. Right now, he works
with residents, businesses and organizations to help improve the Summit Lake neighborhood.
What does he enjoy most about the job? "I
really enjoy people, first of all. And understanding government plays a critical role in
helping folks solve neighborhood issues," said Tatum. "Its exciting to
engage others and find solutions to our challenges."
Thomas is also
secretary for NEFCO (too long of a
name to spell out)
they do regional planning. He is also Mayor Plusquellics
representative on the Abandoned & Vacant Property Planning Advisory Committee. They
help clean up eyesore properties, and more. A 1983 graduate of Clark College (now
Clark-Atlanta University), he has a B. A. in Public Relations/Marketing; he also has his
M.A. in Urban Planning from The University of Akron.
When he has time
being with his family and is active in the community. He is on the University of Akron
National Alumni Board and the Akron Urban Minority Alcohol and Drug Outreach Program
Board. Thomas is active in the March of Dimes-March for Babies Annual Fundraiser and is a
Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and serves as the local chapter
membership chairman. (If, by chance some time becomes available, he tries to fit in a
round of golf and/or travel.)
he is three-time March of Dimes Man of
The Year (2008-10) recipient and received the March of Dimes Presidents Award in
2010. Married to Milistine Tatum, they have two children Lauren and Thomas II and live in
and two other things about Thomas
Tatum: he has taught as a Mission Intern at the Africa Literature Center in Kitwe, Zambia
and is a graduate of Leadership Akron (Class XVI).