Rich Thompson is Vice President of Business Development for YouScience - a provider of online career guidance and workforce development solutions for consumers, schools, and industry.
In his role, Thompson is responsible for establishing local, regional, and national sponsor relationships with educational and youth support organizations from the nonprofit, governmental, and private sectors.
A longtime champion for expanded educational opportunity, Thompson has earned national recognition for his dedication to promote responsible fatherhood through civic engagement in education reform policy. As founder and chairman of 100Dads, a grassroots advocacy organization of civic-minded dads, he was highly instrumental in advocating passage of multiple landmark legislative initiatives.
Prior to joining YouScience, Thompson was Executive Director of the Georgia Parent Teacher Organization, a statewide membership organization working to promote parental engagement and support effective educational options for every child in Georgia.
Additionally, Thompson founded and served as Chief Engagement Officer of Ameripublic Partners, LLC – a strategic public affairs firm specializing in government relations, grassroots advocacy and business development solutions for non-profits, political campaigns and corporate clients.
Thompson currently serves as Board Vice-Chair of Georgia Connections Academy, a statewide virtual public charter school, Board Trustee of the Georgia 4-H Foundation and immediate past Chair of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Advisory Council.
Thompson is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics. He resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife and two daughters.