Michael D. Thompson oversees Pew’s work to improve the performance of government at the federal, state, and local levels on a wide range of topics, from public sector retirement systems to sentencing reform to the efficiency of the civil legal system. Through research, technical assistance, partnerships and advocacy, Pew helps governments develop and adopt evidence-based policies proved to work on issues ranging from building a fiscally sound budget to protecting public safety and health.
Before joining Pew, Thompson served as director of the Council of State Governments Justice Center, where he designed national initiatives in school discipline, mental health, justice reinvestment, and re-entry, bringing together different systems—such as the criminal justice and behavioral health systems—to tackle shared challenges. Thompson also 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.