Prior to joining the commission, she served as a professional staff member on the U.S. Senate’s Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee and as an AAAS/APA Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives. Originally from Detroit, Dr. Thompson holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, where she was a prestigious National Science Foundation Fellow and managed several laboratories, research grants, and diversity initiatives in the social sciences with a focus on intergroup relations, identity, and bias. She received her B.S. from Howard University, while also studying at Stanford University and the University of Münster, in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar. A German Marshall Fund and Salzburg Global Fellow, Dr. Thompson currently serves on the International Career Advancement Program Alumni Association board and the WE EMPOWER USA Advisory Group, an initiative of the EU, UN Women, and International Labour Organization (ILO).
Mischa Thompson was formerly Visiting Fellow at GMF.