Following a national search, Thompson was appointed as the University of Rhode Island’s first permanent Associate Vice President of community Equity and Diversity. As URI’s Chief Diversity Officer, Thompson is charged with advancing the University’s transformational goal of building a community that values and embraces equity and diversity, where every member feels welcome, respected, supported and heard. Prior to joining URI, Thompson served as the associate director for Northeastern University’s, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, an office where she lead diversity initiatives for 13 years. Thompson practiced law for approximately a decade in both the public and private sectors, working first for a law firm, then Greater Boston Legal Services, and finally for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office before transitioning into Higher Education. Thompson received a Bachelor’s of arts degree from Colgate University, and a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School. Thompson is the proud mother of eighteen year old Benjamin.