has named Mike Thompson as their new Chief Impact Officer. Thompson previously served as the CEO of the LGBTQ Center of the Desert in Palm Springs.
"Mike brings a wealth of experience in the areas of nonprofit executive leadership, consulting, coaching, training, and advancing organizational mission and identity," wrote CenterLink in a statement. "As Chief Impact Officer, Mike will lead the education initiatives for CenterLink's member network and will oversee, shape, and expand the training and education programming to meet the needs of a rapidly changing nonprofit landscape."
CenterLink was founded in 1994 as a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable, LGBTQ community centers. A fundamental goal of CenterLink’s work is to strengthen, support, and connect LGBTQ community centers, and to help build the capacity of these centers to address the social, cultural, health, and political advocacy needs of LGBTQ community members across the country. CenterLink plays a vital role in addressing the challenges centers face by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity, access public resources, and engage their regional communities in grassroots social justice movements.
Thompson's bio shares the following about his career history:
"Mike is a visionary and transformational leader with a track record of empowering and engaging teams to create lasting impact. He has led national and state LGBTQ advocacy organizations as well as an LGBTQ community center. Mike’s first-hand experiences in the CEO, President, Executive Director and COO roles have equipped him with the abilities and perspectives necessary to create change. He is a skilled strategic thinker with the ability to assess an organization’s environment and opportunities, establish innovative business strategies, and translate strategy into actionable, measurable tactics.
"Mike is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma, has a coaching certification from Hendricks Institute, has completed nonprofit consultant training with BoardSource, and serves on faculty with Billions Institute where he is also a leadership coach."
More information about CenterLink can be found here.