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D Thompson



I'm wired to connect with people, invest them in the causes and work I'm passionate about, and open doors for the exchange of ideas. I'm adept at listening to others, helping them see the purpose in their work, empowering them to achieve their goals, and preventing silos to ensure shared knowledge. I am laser-focused on building systems and processes that maximize efficiency and impact. I'm self-motivated to set goals and deadlines, measure productivity and progress along the way, and evaluate outcomes for success or failure. Barriers and roadblocks energize me to adjust and overcome. I'm drawn to organizations that  require me to constantly learn in order to be competent in my role.

Work experience


  • Guide and direct six departments for industry-leading Texas winery to include training, culinary, facilities and grounds, and our bed-n-breakfast property
  • Drive innovation in customer experience design during multi-million dollar company expansion
  • Build and execute a staff training program for approximately 60 employees in order to educate staff on basic wine knowledge and service, including grape origins, history, global wine industry trends, and service standards


Director of Strategic Partnerships

E3 Alliance
Jun 2017SEP 2018
  • Built strategic partnerships with K12 districts across Texas to scale E3's research-proven, data-driven services statewide
  • Designed high quality training and resources to support districts and campuses in identifying areas for continuous improvement & building strategic action plans to address those areas
  • Amplified impact of the organization by successfully procuring certification as TEA Full Service School Improvement Provider
  • Drove collaborative strategic planning with K12 district leadership teams based on student growth and academic data
  • Created, maintained, and trained staff on project management systems and processes to drive execution of partnerships

Manager of Candidate Ready Development - Texas

Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE)
May 2015Jun 2017
  • Managed the State of Texas’ electoral leadership pipeline from the 2,700-person LEE membership base of Teach For America alumni

  • Served as Elected Leadership representatives as a trainer and facilitator for all national trainings

  • Coached LEE members to assume elected leadership roles by growing their abilities to articulate a vision for change, match that to the appropriate electoral opportunity, and build the power necessary to win and lead as an elected official

  • Achieved 150% of goal for candidate pipeline development and received distinguished recognition from manager and teammates for establishing highly relational team culture focused on impacting kids’ lives

  • Increased Texas members in elected office by 100% over two years and had the highest percentage of female candidates and candidates of color of any portfolio

School Board Candidate

Austin ISD
Aug 2014Dec 2014
  • Ran for the seat representing East Austin, home to the majority of the city's low-income communities and low-performing schools
  • Garnered support from major education advocates nationwide with campaign contributions from Texas, New York, California, Colorado
  • Led and managed campaign staff and volunteers to run strong voter contact and door-knocking campaign, knocking on over 2,000 people's doors, listening to neighbors, parents, teachers, pastors, and other community leaders
  • Placed second out of four candidates in general election and forced a run-off election due to unprecedented support from low-income precincts

Founding Administrator, Director of Programming

KIPP Austin collegiate
Jun 2008Jun 2009
  • Collaboratively developed and managed implementation of the vision for a new, college-prep public charter high school serving low-income students in East Austin that is now ranked #9 in Texas and #63 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • Designed and implemented a new math curriculum for use with 30 of school’s lowest-performing students, one month before the state test, that resulted in a 91.7% increase in students meeting passing standard and school receiving an Exemplary status from the state
  • Conceived and executed Year of Deliberate Action service-learning program, partnering groups of students with non-profit organizations with the purpose of integrating community service with classroom instruction

Business Manager, Teacher

KIPP Austin collegiate
Jun 2009May 2010
  • Acted as school's liaison to the Chief Operating Officer, Information Technology Office, Accounting Office, Marketing Manager, Human Resources, Facilities Manager, Nutrition Manager, and Compliance Officer to set goals and ensure implementation of processes that addressed school needs and services 
  • After assuming duties as 9th Grade Algebra I teacher mid-year, exceeded state and local averages with 91% passing rate and 38% of students receiving Commended (with honors) score on end-of-year 9th Grade Math TAKS Test which resulted in school receiving ‘Exemplary’ status from the state, the highest such rating; projected passing rate when assuming teaching duties was only 37%

Transition Team Leader

Teach for america
May 2007Jun 2008
  • Equipped and empowered first-year teachers to transition from college to teaching. My leadership was rated helpful by 100% of participants compared to a region-wide average of 70.1%
  • 100% of corps members who worked under my leadership indicated they were inspired to work hard for student achievement compared to a region-wide average of 66.7%
  • Led workshops for over 50 first- and second-year teachers. 91% of participants surveyed were inspired to build a stronger culture of achievement in their classrooms following workshops, while 93% agreed it helped equip them to achieve this goal

Math Department Chair

Southeast Halifax High (N. Carolina)
Jun 2007Jun 2008
  • Developed and led execution of a new department vision focused on innovative initiatives for student motivation, goal setting, data tracking, and processes to ensure student success
  • Initiated, planned, supervised, and managed execution of weekend calculus academy to assist students who lacked prerequisite knowledge and skills for their current calculus class; 100% of students reported an increase in confidence in their mathematical ability and felt more supported in their growth
  • Served on 9th Grade Oversight & School Reform Committee with a focus of ensuring health of students, increasing student support, boosting parental involvement, and creating programs to increase academic achievement

Teacher, Teach For America Corps

Southeast Halifax High (N. Carolina)
May 2006Jun 2008
  • Exceeded state’s new rigorous growth expectations for students under my leadership and closed the gap 72.6% of the way between the state average and our school’s average on End-of-Course Exams
  • Designed and implemented mathematics curriculum based on brand-new state standards; students averaged 78% mastery of rigorous unit tests
  • Successfully lobbied the school system to re-sequence mathematics courses in an effort to increase student achievement on End-of-Course Exams
  • Founded community-based evening tutorial program in response to community obstacles


Connections Pastor

The Austin Stone Community Church
Mar 2012Jan 2015
  • My primary role was training and developing leaders to implement the vision of the organization. I managed the recruitment, development, and training of 50+ leaders to launch communities and was responsible for cultivating new partners, growing campus service teams and overall pastoral care of our attenders and partners.
  • Recruit, train, and lead a 300-person volunteer team and 12 team captains for yearly Easter Sunday Service held at the Frank Erwin Center for 15,000 attendees
  • Manage and train 4 volunteer teams of 8-15 volunteers to execute weekly church services and manage the connections process for visitors and attenders at 1,200-person campus

Network Coordinator

VERGE Network
May 2010Dec 2010
  • Built new non-profit organization that advocates and champions movements of ministry networks that are seeking the restoration of their cities and communities
  • Created infrastructure for the organization by cultivating and maintaining relationships with organizations who share common methodology for small group ministries
  • Managed creation of organization website and social media accounts to position organization as the primary, go-to source for content related to missional communities which recorded over 26,000 page views and 13,000 video loads only 3 months after launch


Bachelor Business Adminstration - Management

Texas A&M University
Aug 2002May 2006

Cum Laude, Business Honors, University Honors, Foundation Honors, Letterman