Appointed Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives in February 2018, Deputy Mayor Thompson is responsible for spearheading a diverse collection of priority initiatives. He oversees New York City’s signature Pre-K for All program, which provides free, high-quality pre-kindergarten to 70,000 four-year olds each year, and the continued expansion of the nation’s first-ever 3-K for All. He will also ensure the continued success of the Community Schools, Young Men’s Initiatives and ThriveNYC, the nation’s most comprehensive approach to mental health.
Additionally, the Deputy Mayor has been charged with expanding the city’s investment in minority and women-owned businesses, leading the Mayor’s comprehensive strategy to encourage greater voter participation and improve the way the city carries out elections, DemocracyNYC.
Deputy Mayor Thompson’s agency portfolio includes the Department of Youth and Community Development; the Department of Small Business Services; the Commission on Human Rights; the Department of Veterans’ Services; the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities; the NYC Public Engagement Unit; and the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development.
Deputy Mayor Thompson has an extensive background in New York City Government. In 2003 and 2010 he served as an expert on the NYC Charter Revision Commission, and before that served in the Dinkins Administration as the Deputy General Manager for Operations and Development, where his portfolio included the New York City Housing Authority. Before that he had roles as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing Coordination as well as the Mayor’s Liaison to the NYC Districting Commission. He also served previously an advisor and assistant to the chief of staff in the Manhattan Borough President’s Office.
Deputy Mayor Thompson received a B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University in 1977, a Masters in Urban Planning from Hunter College in 1986, and a PhD from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 1990.