After graduating from Penn State University in 1992, Tom returned home to his native New York to work as a Front Office Manager for Marriott. Seeking new opportunities, he moved to Atlanta in 1994 and began work as a Marketing Consultant for Texaco. Tom married his wife Danielle in 1999, and the newlyweds moved into the home where they still live today. They chose the community of Dunwoody as the ideal place to start their family and raise their children.
From the moment he moved to Dunwoody 22 years ago, Tom has been an active volunteer and leader in the community. Tom has served as Chair of Kingsley Elementary School’s Charter Council, President of Kittredge Magnet School’s PTA, President of the Chamblee Touchdown Club, President of Kingsley RSC, Committee Chair for Cub Scout pack 434, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for Murphey Candler Little League and Georgians for Local Area School Systems (GLASS). He has volunteered countless hours as a youth coach (with MCLL, Atlanta Colts, UFA, DUMC and CMS), in our local schools, with the Boy Scouts and a variety of other community organizations.
Tom has served on the Dunwoody City Council since 2017. Prior to his term as an elected official, Tom served the City of Dunwoody in several different volunteer roles dating back to the city’s incorporation. He secured $460,000 in federal money for sidewalk and safety enhancements just days after the city began operations by authoring (and winning) a grant through the Safe Routes to School Program. Tom was a charter member of the Dunwoody Sustainability Commission, where he served multiple terms (including as the group’s Vice-Chair). When Dunwoody drafted its first Comprehensive Transportation Plan, Tom was invited to serve on a citizens advisory committee that helped guide the plan and prioritize projects – he served in this same capacity when the plan was updated in 2016.
Among Tom’s many accolades, he was recognized as “Dunwoody’s Sustainability Hero” in 2012. His leadership at Kingsley caught national attention, and the group was recognized as “National Parent Group of the Year” in 2008.
SERVICE TO DUNWOODY
A LONG HISTORY OF SERVING THE DUNWOODY COMMUNITY
Tom’s service to the Dunwoody community began long before his election to the city council. Since moving here 22 years ago, he has served as a volunteer and leader for a variety of organizations.
Here are just a few of his highlights:
Tom has been a fixture in our local schools, both behind the scenes and in positions of leadership. He has served on the Dunwoody Cluster Council, as Chair of Kingsley’s Charter Council and as President of the Kittredge Magnet School PTA. His leadership at Kingsley caught national attention, and in 2008 Kingsley’s Charter Council was named the National Parent Group of the Year by PTO Today magazine. Tom was a founding and board member of Georgians for Local Area School Systems (GLASS), an advocacy group promoting the passage of an Independent School System amendment to the Georgia Constitution – a necessary first step to allow the creation of a City of Dunwoody school system. Tom also founded the “Walk to School” movement in Dunwoody and championed its expansion to each elementary school in the city.
Tom has been an active adult leader with Boy Scout Pack/Troop 434 out of All Saints Church for over a decade. He served in many roles, including Committee Chair, Summer Camp Coordinator and merit badge counselor. He also organized and led a crew to the Boy Scouts High Adventure Sea Base Camp in Florida. Tom is proud to have been affiliated with the BSA, an organization that provides valuable leadership experience, teaches lessons in citizenship, and serves the community.
As President of the Kingsley Racquet and Swim Club, Tom helped to significantly increase club membership and complete several large improvement projects – all during the difficult economic times of the recession.
Tom has taught the values of dedication and teamwork to countless kids as a volunteer youth coach at Murphey Candler, Atlanta Colts, Dunwoody Senior Baseball and DUMC. He has coached baseball, football, soccer and basketball for both boys and girls teams. Tom also served on the Board of Directors for Murphey Candler. As a GHSA certified coach, Tom has coached both baseball and football as a community coach at Chamblee Middle School. Tom also served several years as President of the Chamblee HS Touchdown Club and as a team manager for the United Futbol Academy.
City Of Dunwoody
Tom’s service to the City of Dunwoody dates to the city’s first days of incorporation. During Dunwoody’s first week of operations as a new city, Tom worked with city leaders and staff to author a Safe Routes to School grant – and secured $460,000 in federal money that was used for sidewalks and safety improvements. Shortly afterward, he was appointed as a charter member of Dunwoody’s newly formed Sustainability Commission. He served multiple terms on the commission and was elected the group’s vice-chair. For his many accomplishments, Lambert was named “Dunwoody Sustainability Hero” for 2012. When the city was drafting its first Comprehensive Transportation Plan, Lambert was invited to serve on a citizen’s advisory committee that helped guide the plan and prioritize projects. He was invited back again this past year to participate in the plan’s update.