Seema Thomas is an urban development professional. She has been working on community development challenges for the past two decades. Her career has focused on developing and expanding innovative and inclusive initiatives to support communities from the neighborhood to the metropolitan scale, both domestically and internationally. She is working as the Deputy Director for the Financial Management Division at HUD. Previously, she was an adjunct professor of urban sustainability at the University of the District of Columbia. In the past, she has consulted and worked for numerous organizations, such as the World Bank, DHS’s Science & Technology Directorate, Freddie Mac, the Urban Institute, and Oliver Wyman & Co. She holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from UPenn, a master's degree in urban planning from Harvard, and a master's degree in public affairs from Princeton.