Joel Thomas

Donor Communications Manager

Office Location:Nesvig Alumni Center

  • Professional
  • Biography


  • B.B.A., Pacific Lutheran University, 2018

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Digital Marketing
  • Content Development
  • Website Management
  • Event Coordination
  • Student Philanthropy


As the Donor Communications Manager, Joel is responsible for executing the fundamental practices of donor stewardship, aimed at broad donor and prospect audiences, including acknowledging gifts, communicating impact, and sharing engagement and learning opportunities. He engages students in philanthropy and stewardship to create meaningful experiences that educate students and communicate genuine gratitude and impact to donors.


Raised in Tacoma, WA, Joel graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Joel seeks to utilize his educational and professional experiences to help promote and spread PLU’s mission. In his free time, he loves acting, swing and blues dancing, creative writing, hiking, and gaming.