What We Do
- The Mayor’s Office on Fathers, Men and Boys addresses the disparities that adversely impact men and boys of color in the District of Columbia.
- Ensure that through advocacy, community engagement and information sharing; a solution-oriented approach is developed that addresses the issues of fatherlessness, poverty, family law, economic opportunity, health and well-being as well as rehabilitation and reintegration.
- Provide access to abundant opportunities and policies that represent male growth and achievement in the District.
Meet the Director
Rev. Thomas L. Bowen is the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs and the Interim Director of the Mayor’s Office on African American Affairs in the Executive Office of Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. In his role as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs role he works with the faith community to determine their concerns, needs and programs. He works to develop collaboration between government and the faith community. He also attempts to foster government action to enhance and increase program efficiency and effectiveness of the faith community. He is often called “DC’s Pastor.”
Reverend Bowen is also the Earl L. Harrison Minister of Social Justice at the historic Shiloh Baptist Church of Washington and has faithfully served that congregation as a member of its ministerial team since July 2002. Rev. Bowen is an inaugural member of American Indivisible’s Public Leaders for Inclusion Council, a leadership program for trailblazing public servants to explore practices and policies that challenge anti-Muslim bigotry and other forms of hate while building inclusion and social resilience in their communities. He has held several positions in the advocacy and non-profit communities including Senior Religious Advocate for the Children’s Defense Fund and Senior Field Organizer for its Black Community Crusade for Children; Project Coordinator for the Urban Child Research Center at Cleveland State University and Assistant Director of the Upward Bound Program at Oberlin College.
Reverend Bowen is a founding member of the Jamestown Project, an action-oriented think tank. He also serves as a member of the Socially Responsible Investment Advisory Council for the American Baptist Home Mission Society.
Rev. Bowen is an experienced community organizer and trained at the Midwest Academy, a national training institute committed to advancing the struggle for social, economic, and racial justice.
He is a graduate of Morehouse College, where he was a Ford Foundation Scholar, and studied for the ministry at The Divinity School at the University of Chicago.
A native of Lorain County, Ohio he has called Washington home for nearly two decades and currently resides in the Trinidad neighborhood in Northeast.
View the Mayor’s Office on Fathers, Men and Boys' organizational chart.
The Mayor’s Office on Fathers, Men, and Boys (MOFMB) was established as a result of the passage of the 2014 DC Council legislation. MOFMB was established to advise the Mayor, the Council, and the public on the social issues and needs of fathers, men, and boys in the District of Columbia and services that are in place to support them.