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Speaker

Heather Thompson

Ms. Thompson joined ITDP as CEO in late 2018. Prior to that, she was involved with ITDP for many years as a board member, including as board chair for the last two years.

Ms. Thompson has nearly two decades of experience in the environmental non-profit sector. She co-founded ClimateWorks Foundation, a network of 13 regional foundations and expert teams which promote sectoral policies to mitigate climate change. Previously Ms. Thompson helped establish the philanthropic strategy practice at California Environmental Associates. She has helped clients including the Asian Development Bank, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and Environmental Defense Fund design and implement strategies that resulted in large-scale benefits for the environment.

She holds an MSc in environmental economics from the University of York, UK, and a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of California, San Diego.