Heather Thompson

Interim Chief Executive Officer, ITDP

Heather Thompson is Interim Chief Executive Officer of ITDP. Her work focuses on working with the environmental non-profit sector to design strategies that will have large-scale impact, and help 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 finding ways to help our cities and natural systems increase resilience in the face of climate change, population growth, and other development pressures.
Previously, she was co-founder and Vice President of Programs for ClimateWorks, a network of 13 regional foundations and expert teams which promote sectoral policies 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. Heather 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. She also serves on the Board of the Gehl Institute and as the Board Chair for the Global Buildings Performance Network. She holds a Master of Science in environmental economics from the University of York, U.K. and a Bachelor’s in biological sciences from the University of California, San Diego.