Michael Thompson

Michael D. Thompson is head of government performance at The Pew Charitable Trusts. Before joining Pew, Mr. Thompson served as director of the Council of State Governments Justice Center, where he designed national initiatives in school discipline, mental health, justice reinvestment, and re-entry, bringing together different systems—such as the criminal justice and behavioral health systems—to tackle shared challenges. He also worked for the Office of the Court Monitor in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which was charged with ensuring compliance with federal court orders addressing the territory’s jail and prison system. Mr. Thompson earned a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College.