Thomas Gensemer

Chief Executive Officer

Thomas joined BlueLabs in 2019 as CEO after nearly 15 years of work in politics, digital strategy, and big-advertising/PR agencies. Best known for his work leading Blue State Digital as Managing Partner, from 2005 until 2013, he lead the firm’s period of rapid growth and global expansion and, ultimately, negotiating its acquisition by WPP in 2011 (NYSE: WPP).

Once at WPP, in 2013, Thomas was elevated to the role of Chief Strategy Officer at Burson-Marsteller (now BCW), one of the world’s leading public relations and government affairs networks.

Thomas began his career at The Accelerator Group, an international venture fund and business incubator, which from 1999-2005 invested in a portfolio of early stage businesses including Blogger (acquired by Google), Openwave (UPIP), 24/7 Media (acquired by GroupM), Daylife (acquired by NewsCred) and (acquired by WeWorks).

Thomas has been honored with awards including Adweek 40 Under 40, PR Week 40 Under 40 and Crain’s 40 Under 40. In 2013, he was featured in the book Pioneers of Digital by Paul Singer, along with a dozen other leading entrepreneurs, investors and technologists.

Thomas currently serves on the board of The Public Good Projects, the Purpose Foundation, and has previously served on the World Economic Forum’s Council(s) on the Future of Government and Future of Technology from 2011-2015. He is currently an advisor to the Family Equality Council.

Thomas was raised in rural Pennsylvania, first moved to New York City to attend NYU, and has since lived in between Los Angeles, Washington DC and Brooklyn.

In his personal life, Thomas and his partner Gabriel enjoy travel, are avid movie buffs, art collectors, and are obsessed with Samson, their Ecuadorian-born cocker spaniel who they rescued in 2016.