Our Story...

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.