Thomas J. Victory, Sr. is a native of Jamaica, New York. He moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia as a child and was educated in the Fredericksburg Public School System. After graduating from James Monroe High School, he entered Virginia State University, Petersburg, Virginia earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology in 1973. In 1975, he was awarded his Master of Social Work Degree at Howard University, Washington, D. C. Mr. Victory became the first minority Mental Health Therapist in the Fredericksburg MentalHealth Clinic. He went on to become the Director of “Real House” Drug Counseling Program in Petersburg, Virginia and the Day Treatment Mental Health Services in Richmond
and then Petersburg, Virginia. After serving twenty-four years as Associate Director of Community Organization and Housing Programs, he became President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Urban League of Greater Richmond in 2005. Mr. Victory continues to be active in many civic organizations: He has been appointed to boards by Mayor Douglas Wilder and Governor Warner. He was a founding board member of Richmond’s first Emergency Shelter, and Emergency Food Bank, a Commissioner of the Seven Hills Nursing Home, and Tredegar Civil War Museum, etc. to name a few. He was inducted in the National Urban League’s Quarter County Club in 2005 denoting 25 years of service to the organization. He represented the United States at the World Health Conference in New York and spoke at the United Nations. In addition, he serves on the WTVR 6 Advisory Board, and was chosen by the Boomers Magazine as one of the Top Nine Movers and Shakers in Richmond. Mr. Victory is married with two sons and one grandson. He is a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Richmond, Virginia. He is also the Founder and President of the Victory 7 Mustang Club which is affiliated with the Ford Motor Company.