The international network of LGBTQ community centers, CenterLink, has named Mike Thompson its new Chief Impact Officer.
The Utahns may remember Thompson for coming to the state to work on the Don’t Amend campaign against Utah’s Amendment 3 which defined marriage as between a man and a woman. (This amendment was later overturned as unconstitutional.) He was subsequently appointed executive director of Equality Utah, which he served from 2005 to 2009.
He left Utah to work in Denver with the Gill Foundation and the Gill Action Fund to build Colorado’s LGBT political advocacy effort, which resulted in the One Colorado organization. He was interim president of GLAAD. He was CEO of the LGBTQ Center of the Desert in Palm Springs from 2014 to 2021.
“Mike brings extensive experience in the areas of not-for-profit executive leadership, counseling, coaching, training and promoting organizational mission and identity,” CenterLink executives wrote in a statement. . “As the Impact Leader, Mike will lead education initiatives for the CenterLink Member Network and oversee, shape and scale training and education programs to meet the needs of a nonprofit landscape. rapidly changing. ”
CenterLink was founded in 1994 as a coalition of members to support the development of strong and sustainable LGBTQ community centers. According to their statement, a fundamental goal of CenterLink’s work is to strengthen, support and connect LGBTQ community centers and to help build the capacity of these centers to meet the social, cultural, health and political advocacy needs of members of the community. LGBTQ community across the country. CenterLink plays a critical role in addressing the challenges centers face by helping them improve their organizational and service delivery capacity, access public resources, and engage their regional communities in grassroots social justice movements.
Thompson is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, has a coaching certification from the Hendricks Institute, trained as a nonprofit consultant with BoardSource, and is on the faculty of the Billions Institute, where he is also a leadership coach. .
You can find more information about CenterLink here.