MIKE THOMPSON APPOINTED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER
Palm Springs, CA - The LGBT Community Center of the Desert (The Center) announced today that the Board has appointed Mike Thompson of Salt Lake City as its new Executive Director.
Thompson arrives with a wealth of talent and experience as The Center is poised for growth. A mission-oriented leader, he is committed to The Center’s mission of enriching the lives of the Desert’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. "The appointment of Mike Thompson brings The Center into a new era of providing a wide variety of services to all members of our community," said Randy Lowe, Chairman of the Board.
Thompson has 18 years of nonprofit leadership experience and is a skilled executive who has successfully guided several organizations. He served as the COO and Acting President of GLAAD and the Executive Director of Equality Utah. While at Equality Utah, he led the nationally recognized "Common Ground Initiative" that was launched to advocate for Fair Housing & Employment, Health Care, Inheritance, and Relationship Recognition.
In addition to his other work, Thompson has built a very successful consulting practice, and is currently working with CenterLink, the network of LGBT community centers across the nation, to develop mission-focused governance curriculum for boards of directors.
Mike has a strong commitment to social justice and is looking forward to growing The Center to be a nationally-recognized organization serving all of the needs of the LGBT community, its friends, and supporters. "Mike brings tremendous talent to The Center, and the Board is looking forward to his leadership where there is huge potential for growth in the Coachella Valley to establish a premier LGBT center that will be widely recognized for its mission and services," continued Lowe.
Thompson will begin on June 2nd.