Madelaine Thompson

A nonprofit leader with 30 years of experience working in the Puget Sound region and Western Montana, I have expertise in all areas of resource development, including capital, endowment and comprehensive campaigns with goals from $10 to $250 million. My career spans multiple sectors, including public broadcasting, mental healthcare, pediatric medicine, foster care, education (pre-K through grade 12), adult job training and education, and youth development.

I have led several development programs and created and implemented comprehensive fundraising and marketing/communications plans for each, using a data-based approach to evaluate and continually improve on results. I enjoy building effective teams and guiding staff to achieve fundraising goals while they grow as professionals. I take pleasure in collaborating with boards and organization leaders to create and connect strategic plans with fundraising programs that will ensure continued growth and sustainability for the benefit of the communities they serve.

I received Bachelor degrees in English and French from Seattle University, and a Master’s in Communications from Ohio University. A lifelong love of language and writing underlies inspiring and engaging communications for a variety of audiences with the goal of increasing awareness of and support for an organization’s mission-based programs and services.

I have served on several boards, including the Pierce County Library Foundation and Explorer West Middle School boards, and I currently volunteer with the Seattle Animal Shelter.

Fun Facts about Madelaine:

  • The first of nine kids, I was born in Fairbanks and didn’t touch the floor of our trailer (U of Alaska student housing) for several months because it was so cold.
  • As an undergraduate at Seattle University, I was the editor of Fragments, the annual literary publication, my junior year.
  • I’ve adopted several furry rescues, but my current cat companion Fergus “adopted” me in a dark parking lot one cold October morning six years ago.