Michael D. Thompson

Michael D. Thompson

  • Vice President
  • State and Local Government Performance,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Michael D. Thompson is a vice president overseeing Pew’s work to improve the performance of state and local government. This portfolio includes projects to strengthen state and local fiscal health and economic growth; increase access to dental care; ensure that public sector retirement systems are sustainable and affordable; advance sentencing and corrections policies that protect public safety; and promote results-oriented, evidence-based decision-making in government.

Before joining Pew, Thompson served as director of the Council of State Governments Justice Center. In his two decades at the center, he designed national initiatives in mental health, justice reinvestment, and re-entry, which resulted in state and federal laws that earned broad bipartisan support. Thompson also co-authored research on school discipline and juvenile justice that garnered national news coverage. Previously, he worked for the Office of the Court Monitor in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which was charged with ensuring compliance with federal court orders addressing the commonwealth’s jail and prison system.

Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College.

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