Paula Thomas, Chief Office of Equal Opportunity and Inclusion

Paula Thomas is chief of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Inclusion, with responsibility for overseeing the USCIS Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) program and the agency’s diversity management and disability accommodations.

Experience and Achievements

Before joining USCIS, Thomas served as the EEO and Diversity director for the National Taxpayer Advocate Services at the Internal Revenue Service and as the deputy director of Equal Opportunity Programs at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Thomas has a Bachelor of Science in public administration from Medgar Evers College at the City University of New York and a Master of Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York.

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