Heather Thompson

Chief Executive Officer, ITDP

Heather Thompson is the Chief Executive Officer of ITDP, an international non-profit organization that promotes sustainable and equitable transportation in cities around the world. Ms. Thompson has been involved with ITDP for more than a dozen years, including as a funder and serving on ITDP’s Board of Directors for the last eight years, and served as interim CEO prior to her appointment as permanent CEO.   Ms. Thompson has focused her career on working with the environmental non-profit sector to design strategies that will have large-scale impact, and helping organizations to carry out those strategies.  Most recently she has been advising clients including the Asian Development Bank, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and Environmental Defense Fund, on ways to help our cities and natural systems increase resilience in the face of climate change, population growth, and other development pressures.  

Previously, Ms. Thompson was co-founder and Vice President of Programs for ClimateWorks, a network of 13 regional foundations and expert teams which promote sectoral polices to mitigate climate change. Prior to ClimateWorks, she was a Principal at California Environmental Associates, where she led the firm’s work in philanthropic strategy, covering energy and climate change, marine resource management, biodiversity protection, and land conservation. Ms. Thompson wrote strategies for leading foundations and nonprofit organizations including the Walton Family Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Oak Foundation, and WWF International. Ms. Thompson also serves on the Board of the Gehl Institute.   Ms. Thompson has lived and worked abroad in China, the U.K., and Denmark. She holds a MSc in environmental economics from the University of York, U.K. and a B.S. in biological sciences from the University of California, San Diego.