The Thursday Luncheon Group, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1973 to increase the participation of African Americans and other minorities in the formulation, the articulation, and the implementation of United States foreign policy. Our 500 members monitor recruitment, assignments, employment practices, promotion patterns, training, and other personnel matters of vital interest to minorities in the principal foreign affairs agencies: the Department of State and the Agency for International Development.
2020 - 2022 TLG Executive Board
We would like to formally introduce the new 2020-2022 Executive Board. We are proud to serve and look forward to our term. As TLG celebrates 45 years, it is important to continue our work preparing the next generation of leaders and continuing to serve as the leading voice in the Department of State and USAID on diversity matters.
For this term we will focus on providing additional professional development opportunities for our members (both Foreign and Civil Service) creating a formalized mentoring program, relaunching the website, integrating more community service activities into our programs, and continuing our outreach efforts.
As we embark on this new term, we call on all non-life members to renew your membership. Your dues are important to the success of the organization. Your dues go to important programs including funding two Department interns and the Terence A. Todman Book Scholarship for students at seven Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Please renew your membership here.
2020 - 2022 Executive Leadership Board
President: Irvin Hicks Jr.
First Vice President: Michelle Ward
Second Vice President: Maria Price Detherage
Civil Service Advisor: Ruth Murphy
Membership Chair/Program Coordinator: Steve Royster
Treasurer: Bernadette Cole Byrd
Social Media/Membership Outreach Influencer: Charlotte Suka
USAID Liaison: Diana Acosta & Amber Whittington
Commerce Liaison: Tamarind Murietta
Senior Advisor: Shelby Smith-Wilson
Senior Advisor for Civil Service: Kerry Neal
Department Advisor: Ambassador Joan Polaschik
TLG Background Information Packet
Visit the Members page to view the letter from the Board President. A brief message about the board's agenda and initiatives as well as a description of the membership tiers.