Rebecca Thompson is one of the leading experts and voices in the country on women of color, especially black women in politics. She got her start at just 14 years old when she served as an intern for a woman elected official in her hometown of Detroit. She had no idea how that experience would plant a seed for her love of politics and that 20 years later she would be on the front lines of women’s political leadership around the world.
Rebecca’s personal mission and life’s work is to change the face of power by informing, inspiring and supporting women to run for office so they can fulfill their purpose and change the world. She currently serves as a Vice President at Deliver Strategies, one of the leading progressive direct mail firms in the country and as the CEO of Rebecca Thompson International, where she focuses on training and coaching women to run for elected office.
Previously she served as the Run to Win Director for EMILY’s List, leading the largest candidate recruitment and training program in the organization’s history (since Election Day 2016 more than 25,000 women have signed up to run for office). She has traveled the world training candidates to run for office and is a graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale, EMILY’S List, VoteRunLead and numerous other leadership programs.
Rebecca is a national trainer for ElectHer, which trains young women to run for office and has served on the National Leadership Team of Political Parity, a bipartisan group of national women’s organizations dedicated to getting more women elected to office. She has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Essence Magazine, and numerous other publications and was recently named one of the American Association of Political Consultants’ Top 40 Under 40 award recipients.
Rebecca was inspired to create “Changing the Face of Power” – the first and only podcast in the country dedicated to inspiring black women to run for office – after losing her election for state representative by just 6 votes on Election Day. She wants to teach women candidates everything she learned the hard way so they can run and win the first time. In her spare time, you can find Rebecca glued to her Kindle, cuddling with her dog, hiking, or enjoying a long nap. She recently lived abroad in SE Asia and Europe and currently resides in Silver Spring, MD.
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