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Thomas Pastorius speaking to attendees of an Open House event in North America

Thomas Pastorius, Jr. has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Princeton University. In 2003 he was awarded a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship by the German government for a research year in Germany focusing on Nietzsche and Philosophy of Language. Pastorius has an MBA degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business, which he earned while continuing to serve as Vice President of Projects Abroad, leading the North American and Asian divisions to new heights.

Pastorius joined Projects Abroad during his research year in Germany, working out of the Berlin office. In 2004 Pastorius began working full-time with the organization, manning the new U.S. office in Providence, RI. Since then, Pastorius has grown the U.S. market for Projects Abroad exponentially, from 20 volunteers per year to more than 1,200, through targeted outreach, savvy advertising and expert customer interaction. The U.S. now accounts for 20 percent of Project Abroad’s volunteers. To support this growth, Pastorius increased the office size from two to a staff of seven and moved the office to New York City.

After building the U.S. office into a sustainable outpost for the company, Pastorius turned his attention to the rest of the world. He opened marketing offices in countries where Projects Abroad had never before had a foothold, including Canada, Japan, Australia, Korea, and China. He plans to increase global reach by adding offices in Latin America. Pastorius recently initiated and leads a new spin-off venture called Offshore Advisors, which leverages the staff and cumulated knowledge of all the Projects Abroad offices to help small business set up their own offshore offices in developing countries.

Pastorius has long demonstrated a keen interest in adventure travel and entrepreneurship. He grew up amidst the barley and machinery of his father’s brewery in Pittsburgh, PA, where he learned about the nature of running a business. During his years at Princeton, he spent a semester backpacking and kayaking through Chilean Patagonia with the National Outdoor Leadership School, volunteered for an education program in Ghana and studied abroad at Pembroke College, Cambridge University.

Pastorius served as Treasurer for the International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA), an association of non-governmental organizations involved in international volunteer work and internship exchanges.

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