Comings & Goings

By Peter Rosenstein - April 2, 2021 1:49 pm
Thomas Sanchez, gay news, Washington Blade

The ‘Comings & Goings’ column chronicles important life changes of Blade readers.

The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our community. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at: [email protected].

Thomas Sanchez

Congratulations to Social Driver CEO and co-founder Thomas Sanchez, selected from a competitive pool of nominees to participate in the inaugural cohort of the Ernst & Young LLP (EY) Entrepreneurs Access Network (EAN). EY EAN is a business accelerator and comprehensive, executive-level program designed to elevate scalable Black and Latinx-owned companies through access to mentors, resources, and networks. The curriculum is designed to take a holistic approach to business growth with a specific focus on deepening customer relationships, improving people strategies, and developing an accelerated journey to market leadership.

Sanchez said, “As a minority-owned company, EY Entrepreneurs Access Network is coming along at a great time for our business. I have met business leaders who are all facing the same challenges. The program is helping us develop the next phase of Social Driver’s strategic plan. Having the freedom to think about the future is a powerful tool.”

Social Driver is a digital and creative agency that launches strategies for many leading corporate and nonprofit brands in the United States. Under Thomas’s leadership, the agency has received wide acclaim for its collaborative culture and cutting-edge client partnerships, including recently being ranked as one of the Top B2B Companies in the United States by Clutch and recognized on the Best and Brightest Companies list as a top national employer.

Before founding Social Driver, Sanchez used his background in software engineering to transform healthcare—first by developing cutting-edge medical records systems used to improve the delivery of care and later by launching digital learning platforms and consulting services used by health systems around the world. Credited as a top minority innovator and entrepreneur, the Financial Times included Sanchez on its worldwide list of the foremost LGBTQ executives, the Washington Business Journal featured Thomas on its list of Minority Business Leaders, and Social Driver was ranked as a Minority Business Enterprise 100 company. Sanchez also serves as secretary of The Trevor Project and chair of D.C.’s Innovation & Technology Inclusion Council.

Congratulations also to Raymond Danny Barefoot named an Orrick Legal Fellow with the ACLU. He said, “The ACLU doesn’t just commit to doing good when it is easy or popular; the organization understands that if we allow the rights of the unpopular to be compromised, that puts the rights of everyone at risk. I am excited to spend the next year fighting for the vulnerable and ensuring that our constitutional rights are protected.”

He has dedicated his career to making sure we elect public servants who have sound judgment, compassionate values, and an understanding that government can and should be a force for good. He worked on many political campaigns and then launched his own consulting firm focused on communications and advocacy before going to law school.

After graduating law school, he worked as a summer associate with Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe, LLP, Washington, D.C. Prior to that he was Founder and Managing Partner Anvil Strategies, LLC, in Washington, D.C.

He received the American Association of Political Consultants Pollie Award twice. He is a volunteer with Whitman-Walker Health, and OneVirginia in Richmond.

Barefoot has his bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, in Washington, D.C.

Raymond Danny Barefoot


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