Thomas Jacobs is currently the project officer for the SDGs Cities Challenge and the Innovate4Cities project, with his areas of focus in planning being sustainability and resilience, health, community engagement, and housing. Thomas is a Master of Urban Planning graduate from the University of Melbourne, and holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science, with minors in Communications and Community Leadership from Iowa State University in the United States.
Thomas has experience working for multiple non-profit organisations including Launch Housing, a Melbourne based housing organisation aimed at ending homelessness. Thomas also has international experience in the field of city planning, with previous planning positions held at the Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri in the United States, as well as Moreland City Council in Melbourne.
Thomas’ master’s thesis focused on the implementation of health planning policy and sought to understand the impact that non-governmental organisations have on health planning policy in Victoria.