||A major contributor to this article appears to have a close connection with its subject. (April 2009)|
|Senior Vice President of the NAACP|
October 1, 2008 – Incumbent
|Born||November 24, 1964
Maxim Thorne is an American writer, philanthropist and civil rights advocate, who teaches Philanthropy in Action at Yale College, Yale Law School and Yale School of Management. He served as a senior leader for the NAACP. He was instrumental in establishing the first LGBT Task Force at the NAACP's Centennial Convention in 2009, and later was the first to tweet on May 19, 2012 that " The NAACP Board of Directors has just endorsed marriage equality unequivocally. Only two opposed! An historic moment." The NAACP endorsement came just days after President Obama also endorsed same sex marriage. Thorne helped argue Abbott v. Burke on behalf of Head Start and the NAACP.
Thorne was born in Georgetown, Guyana on November 24, 1964, but spent his early years in Nassau, Bahamas attending St. Thomas Moore's Primary School, until he was 10 and then returned to Guyana where he attended St. Margaret's Primary School and then Queen's College. His mother, who is of mixed Indian and Chinese descent, met his father, who is also multi-ethnic (Black, Scottish, Indian and Chinese); while in Georgetown, Guyana. He immigrated to the United States in 1984.
He is the great grandson of Alfred Athiel Thorne ((A. A. Thorne) Barbados August 14, 1871 - April 23, 1956), one of the first blacks to earn a masters degree from a British University who founded the first high school (Middle School, Georgetown) for African boys and girls in 1892, and was active in his advocacy for education and labor equality issues.
Thorne attended Queens College in Georgetown, Guyana from 1976–1983, for secondary school where, winning Best All-Round Student Award.
Thorne's career has focused on philanthropy and both corporate law and litigation, with a significant commitment to educational opportunity and social justice. For spring term of 2012, he teaches Philanthropy in Action at Yale College, Yale Law School and Yale School of Management.One innovation is that his students give away [http://www.ctnow.com/videogallery/69768980/News/Yale-Seminar-Teaches-Power-Of-Philanthropy $100,000 at the end of each semester. He has interviewed notable philanthropists including Mimi Gardner Gates, Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, Donna Dubinsky, Bruce Cohen, Jesse Fink, Liesel Pritzker among others.
Thorne has led the NAACP's national fundraising and communications efforts during its Centennial Year and its National Corporate Headquarters on Bryant Park in New York City. He oversaw a $1,000,000 gift from Tyler Perry, the movie mogul.
Thorne was active in the 2008 Obama presidential campaign, serving on the Finance and Policy Committees, LGBT Leadership Council and African American Leadership Council. He resigned from the LGBT Council after a personal email flap criticizing the Clinton campaign became public. Currently, Thorne is Senior Vice President of the NAACP. Prior to that, he was CEO of Brooklyn Child and Family Services, that provided comprehensive social services to children and families.
Thorne founded Weekend Renewing America's Promise (WRAP), a nonpartisan training retreat, which brings together business and other leaders from around the globe to discuss important issues of the day.
Formerly, Thorne was Executive Director of New Jersey Head Start, an association of all the Head Start programs in New Jersey. While at the NJHSA, he oversaw the implementation of Abbott v. Burke, the New Jersey Supreme Court decision that mandated parity in funding and Whole School Reform. Thorne had represented Head Start, the New Jersey NAACP State Conference and daycare centers in the Supreme Court Abbott v. Burke litigation  while he worked at Passaic County Legal Aid Society. For its efforts, he and the agency recently won the first annual Lawyer as Problem Solver Award of the American Bar Association.
Thorne has also worked at Goldman Sachs, Wachtel Lipton Rosen and Katz, and Lowenstein Sandler Fisher Kohl and Boylan, as well as for the Federated States of Micronesia, serving as a representative for Micronesia to the UN Convention on Climate Change, UN Convention on Biological Diversity, UN Convention of Population, UN Convention on Small Island Developing States, and the Law of the Sea Conference.
He is the founder of Weekend Renewing America’s Promise (WRAP), which serves as a non-partisan training retreat for leaders from diverse fields.
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- Maxim Thorne guest speaker on Politics and Activism as Yale University First LGBT Reunion, April 25, 2009
- Maxim Thorne, testifying before the US Congress's LGBT Equality Caucus on the Census, Co-Chaired by Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Barney Frank (D-MA), and Jared Polis (D-CO), April 1, 2010