Heather Thompson

Heather Thompson was co-founder of ClimateWorks, a network of 13 regional foundations and expert teams which promote polices to reduce the threat of climate change. Now working independently, Ms. Thompson is focused on accelerating the strategies of ClimateWorks’ Best Practice Networks.

As founder, Ms. Thompson now serves as Board Chair of the Institute for Industrial Productivity, and of the Global Buildings Performance Network, and is on the Board of Directors of the Regulatory Assistance Project, the Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.

Previously, Ms. Thompson was a Principal at California Environmental Associates (CEA), leading the firm's work in philanthropic strategy, covering marine resource management, land conservation, energy, and climate change. She worked with leading foundations and numerous nonprofit organizations, including the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Oak Foundation, WWF International, Environmental Defense Fund, and Conservation International.

Ms. Thompson has lived and worked abroad in China, the U.K., and Denmark. Ms. Thompson 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.