Everette R. H. Thompson

Program Officer, Human Rights

Everette R. H. Thompson is a program officer for the Human Rights program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Everette has over 20 years of experience in community organizing, organizational development, and movement building. He is a Southerner by birth and choice, and has dedicated his career to strengthening organizational infrastructure in the South. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2021, Everette served as a trainer and alumni support organizer with Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD). Previously, he worked at the Unitarian Universalist Association as a political education and spiritual sustenance specialist and consultant, and at 350.org as a national justice and equity coordinator, where he supported staff in integrating intentional justice and equity frameworks into their operations. Everette has also served as national field director for the Rights Working Group, and as regional director of Amnesty International USA’s Southern Regional Office, based in Atlanta, Georgia. Everette holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from North Carolina Central University, as well as a master’s degree in nonprofit leadership and development from the University of Delaware Joseph R. Biden School of Public Policy. He is currently a master of divinity candidate at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.

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