Ernita Thomas serves as the Senior Vice President and Controller for The RLJ Companies, a holding company founded by Robert L. Johnson that provides strategic investment and direction in and for a diverse portfolio of companies in consumer financial services, real estate, hospitality/restaurant, professional sports, film production, gaming and recording industries.

As Senior Vice President and Controller, Ms. Thomas is responsible for overseeing the finance function of the highly diversified company, including financial and management accounting, regulatory reporting, budgeting, planning and forecasting.

Previously, Ms. Thomas was an Assistant Controller at Freddie Mac, where she provided reporting and credit analysis related to securitizations and mortgage guarantees.

Before working at Freddie Mac, Ms. Thomas was with The Carlyle Group for ten years in a variety of roles, including Manager of Accounting, Assistant Controller and Associate Vice President. Ms. Thomas was responsible for corporate financial and managerial accounting functions, budgeting and forecasting, and corporate compliance.

Ms. Thomas began her career as a staff accountant at the Rushmore Funds where she was responsible for the preparation of semiannual and annual reports for all funds.

Ms. Thomas graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1991 with a B.S. in accounting, and is a Certified Public Accountant.