Jeff Thomas


Jeff Thomas, Entrepreneurship Chairperson​ & MET Program Director
170 Grawn Hall | 989-774-3270 |

Jeff brings extensive experience building and leading entrepreneurship programs. Before his academic career, Jeff was an attorney in Chicago and Silicon Valley, where he advised clients on business formations, angel investments, venture capital financings and intellectual property matters. He also founded an internet company that helped attorneys seeking alternative careers.  


Prior to CMU, Jeff was the Chair of the Business School at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina where he implemented a food entrepreneurship degree, initiated a campus-wide student pitch competition and helped connect the school to the entrepreneurial community. Previously, Jeff designed and launched entrepreneurship and small business programs at Belmont Abbey College and Chicago-Kent College of Law.  He also supervised law students as they counseled clients at Northwestern’s Small Business Opportunity Center. Jeff served a board member at Queen City Forward, a Charlotte accelerator, and he frequently serves as a mentor and judge for entrepreneurship-related events.


He received his JD from Harvard Law School and BBA from the University of Michigan Business School. Prior to law school, Jeff rose to the rank of Senior Financial Analyst at an American Express subsidiary. He also received state and national recognition for his results on the CPA exam. Jeff’s articles on crowdfunding and venture capital valuations were published in the Harvard Business Law Review Online.​

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