Board and Staff

Linda Thompson

Senior Vice President, Grants Administration and Organizational Learning

Linda Thompson leads the Foundation’s program administration, grant management processes, organizational learning, research and evaluation efforts. Working collaboratively with the community engagement staff, Ms. Thompson works to ensure that community investments align to the Foundation’s overall mission, vision and values and deliver on the intent of the partnership. Research designed to inform the education field and the Foundation's strategies is under Ms. Thompson's management, along with the formal evaluation of outcomes and impacts of the Foundation's investments in education systems, reform, and policy.

Ms. Thompson also serves the Foundation in the capacity of a CliftonStrengths certified coach and organization ambassador of a strengths-based work culture.  She championed, proposed, and led a team-based pilot of CliftonStrengths followed by organization-wide implementation.  Collaborating with human capital and workplace operations staff, a strengths focus was integrated in onboarding of staff, performance management, and elective strengths coaching. 

Formerly with Valley of the Sun United Way, Ms. Thompson led a team that redesigned that organization’s investment policies and processes.  As a member of the United Way of America’s Strategies and Metrics Pilot Project, she helped design standardized outcome measurement processes aligned to broader national goals.

Ms. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s of Health Service Administration, both from Arizona State University.

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