Meet Our Newest Advisory Board Member


Philip Thomas III is our new Advisory Committee member.

Philip Thomas III is the Division Administrator for the Maryland Division of the U.S. Department of Transportation - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

He began his career in Federal Service in 2013 and served as an Enforcement Program Specialist in FMCSA's Eastern Service Center. His work with FMCSA began in 2010, when he served as a contractor Program Analyst at the Volpe National Transportation Center developing and implementing the Compliance, Safety, Accountability Program.

Thomas officially joined FMCSA as a Safety Investigator in the Maryland Division in 2013. In this role, he conducted complex investigations of the FMCSRs, FCCRs and HMRs. He also served as the primary contact for the division with Headquarters and Service Center for significant crashes in the state of Maryland. Thomas also served as the Maryland Division's Household Goods Enforcement Specialist. In 2016, Philip moved to the Eastern Service Center as an Enforcement Program Specialist, where he maintained his Safety Investigator credentials while managing approximately 350 enforcement cases annually for multiple states within the region, served as a subject matter expert for policy and regulatory issues, and was the Eastern Service Center representative on the Quality Review Team.

Throughout his time with FMCSA, Thomas has served as an Instructor for the National Training Center, teaching courses in Basic Investigative Techniques and Enforcement Procedures. He has also been an active member of the Agency's Continuous Improvement Work Group, specifically focused on education and policy development.

Before coming to FMCSA, Thomas worked at the University of Virginia Career Services as an Employer Services Assistant focusing on developing relationships with different organizations to recruit students at the university and working with students on resume building and interviewing skills.

Thomas also has experience working in compliance with The Step2 Company LLC in Streetsboro, Ohio, where he developed a database of international manufacturing standards, reviewed contracts and intellectual property applications, and worked to resolve consumer complaints.

Originally from Shaker Heights, Ohio, Thomas attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, from which he graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in American Law and Political Economy from 1860 - 1930. Philip also holds a certificate from the American University Key Leadership Development Program and is currently pursuing a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Maryland - University College. Thomas serves as an Alumni Mentor at the University of Virginia and is a member of the Ruffing Montessori School Alumni Board. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, Emilie, and daughter Eleanor.