As Director of Residencies Tomás Riley manages the Chapter O.N.E. in-school residency programs. His responsibilities include coordinating the placement of Youth Speaks poet-mentors in Bay Area schools to work  in collaboration  with  classroom teachers  and providing training and professional development opportunities for poet-mentor team members. Tomás also supervises the Youth Speaks Free After School Workshop Program typically run in 8 to 10-week blocks. A place for artistic and critical growth, the after-school workshops focus on different aspects of writing, from fiction, playwriting, and poetry, to performance, desktop publishing, and poetry slam. Taught by leading poets, writers, spoken word artists, and cultural activists, they are conducted throughout the San Francisco Bay Area from 4-6 pm. Youth Speaks presents over 500 hours of after-school workshops to hundreds of teenagers every year. Each workshop is open to any teen 13-19 years old. All workshops are free and no registration is necessary.

In addition to his role within the organization, Tomás is a poet, writer, educator and a veteran of the seminal Chicano spoken-word collective The Taco Shop Poets. He has appeared in the HBO documentary Americanos: Latino Life in the United States, Gregory Nava's (El Norte, Selena) PBS dramatic series American Family (2002), and is profiled in Hector Galán's ITVS documentary series on Latina/o arts: Visiones(2004). His self-released spoken word CD Message From the New Forreal debuted in 2003, and he performs on Raza Spoken Here Vol. III (Calaca Press, 2005). His other spoken word recordings include Chorizo Tonguefire (1999) and a jazz/word collaboration with Chicano artist-activist icons Jose Montoya and Raul R. Salinas entitled Intersections (2004). A finalist for the 2004 California Voices Award from Poets & Writers Magazine, his written work has been featured in his recently released collection Mahcic (Calaca Press, 2005), Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Chorizo Tonguefire: The Taco Shop Poets Anthology, Pacific Review and various journals and literary publications. His ten-year performance history has brought him into spoken word venues, cultural centers, universities, galleries and taquerias nationwide in a continuing effort to bring proactive Chicano spoken word to relevant spaces including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Chicago's Guild Complex, and a guerrilla-style poetry takeover at the Alamo in San Antonio. He holds an MA in American Literature with an emphasis in contemporary ethnic-American discourse, has taught from the elementary to the collegiate level, and is a founding member of the San Diego visual and performing arts space The Voz Alta Project.