Michael D. Thompson oversees 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 the availability of oral health care; improve the accessibility and efficiency of the civil legal system; 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, where 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-wrote research on school discipline and juvenile justice and 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 territory’s jail and prison system.
Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree in history and Spanish from Middlebury College.