Dr. Sandra E. Thomas, a 37 year resident of Altadena, community involvements include: First African-American female elected Altadena's highest office, Chairperson of the Council (2011); Altadena Town Council (2003-Present); designed Altadena's first official flag, which now flies over many official buildings in Altadena; 61 year life member of the NAACP (only person to serve consecutively in all four levels of leadership in the 104 year history of the NAACP, which included Altadena Branch president for four years); Altadena Sheriff's Clergy Council (2000-Present); Altadena Chamber of Commerce (2006-Present); League of Women Voters (2006-Present); Altadena Crown City Kiwanis-Past President (2005); Altadena Community Center Board of Directors (2003-Present, president-2010); Women of San Gabriel Valley (2006-2009); National Congress of Black Women, Los Angeles Chapter (2010-Present); selected to serve on the Commission for the United States Presidential Appointment of African-American Women (2013-Present); second African-American woman ever appointed to the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission (2006-Present).
In 2004 she founded the Quality of Life Center, Inc., where she serves as Dean of Scholars to more than 500 of the highest academic achievers currently in the Bright Futures Scholars Leadership Development Program from 28 local middle and high schools.
Previous honors include: 2010 - LA County Women's Commission's "Woman of the Year Award" - 5th District; 2009 - "Los Angeles County Love of Children Award" and "Annual Gold Plate Humanitarian Award"; 2008 - "California Humanitarian and Family Values Award"; 2007 - Altadena California "Citizen of the Year"; 2005 - "Congressional Woman of the Year"; 2004 - NAACP California State President Award Recipient; 2003 - Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. recipient of "Community Political Awareness Award"; 1980 - Pasadena High School's "Mother of the Year"; 1979 - PUSD's "Outstanding Mother of the Year".
Dr. Thomas serves as a trustee and church mother at Metropolitan Baptist Church. She is the widow of Pastor Emeritus A. Douglas Thomas, who pastored Lincoln Avenue Baptist church for twenty-eight years, and is a mother of three and grandmother of six.
Dr. Sandra Thomas is a true example of how one committed person, dedicated to her community, with a heart for service, has made a difference for all the people of Altadena.