The story of an outcomes agency

We are policy professionals who design initiatives that drive positive outcomes. Civic Mind started in Hartford in 2011 with Yoga In Our City, our first quality-of-life initiative that made yoga classes more accessible to the public. In 2013, we took on a leadership role in restoring Dillon Stadium, a historic public venue in Hartford, Connecticut. When public officials solicited us for bribes, they terminated us during the project for refusing to pay. The experience emboldened us to expose the corruption and radicalized our agency’s mission.

In 2015, we acquired The Hartford Times and turned the legacy media brand into a civics platform to improve Connecticut’s access to information, community connectivity, and media justice. A few years later, Yoga In Our City expanded, and we started offering classes and teacher training to build stronger, more compassionate communities statewide.

We bolstered our public policy expertise and academic credentials in 2020 so we could do more to shape change and take on systemic issues. For the next two years, our founder drove the social impact strategy and brand identity development for a 45,000-member credit union when he served as their outsourced Chief Impact Officer.

Since 2023, everything we do has been informed by the 2Gen EconomyTM, a new model for community wealth and civic engagement. We know that communities grow stronger when they can achieve their full potential together, and our founder continues to build on that approach every day.

Our work has been incredibly rewarding, but we’re not done. We will continue to dream big, roll up our sleeves, and focus on building a more inclusive and resilient future.

About Our Founder

Over the years, Thomas Clynch’s blend of social entrepreneurship and public interest advocacy has made him a recognized leader in community empowerment, social equity, and economic justice. In 2022, he was a Master of Public Administration Fellow at the University of Connecticut, where he was awarded the David B. Walker Award for his “tireless dedication to public service.” Today, he serves as Vice-Chairman on the Board of the Connecticut Sustainable Business Council. In 2011, the political and economic climate of the “Great Recession” created a deep need for change, which inspired Thomas Clynch to found Civic Mind as an agency that would address challenges through creativity and coalition-building.

Over the years, Thomas Clynch’s blend of social entrepreneurship and public interest advocacy has made him a recognized leader in community empowerment, social equity, and economic justice. In 2022, he was a Master of Public Administration Fellow at the University of Connecticut, where he was awarded the David B. Walker Award for his “tireless dedication to public service.” Today, he serves as Vice-Chairman on the Board of the Connecticut Sustainable Business Council. In 2011, the political and economic climate of the “Great Recession” created a deep need for change, which inspired Thomas Clynch to found Civic Mind as an agency that would address challenges through creativity and coalition-building. 

From an early age, Thomas felt compelled to serve his community. He grew up in a working-class neighborhood, and as the oldest of four brothers, being a leader always came naturally to him. His father was a volunteer firefighter, and his mother ran a senior center. They were both active members of the community, willing to fight for their friends and neighbors, and they instilled a sense of duty in their kids. In high school, Thomas became an EMT and played on a soccer team that had to fight to overcome a losing streak. Those experiences taught him teamwork and perseverance, qualities that shaped his worldview.

Building Civic Mind has taught Thomas so much. He remains laser-focused on continuing the work and looks forward to the future, where our dreams might grow in scale, but our team will always be a small but mighty powerhouse ready to make change happen.

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