Elizabeth M. Thompson

President

As President of the Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education, Liz Thompson is deeply engaged in the non-profit community and passionate about youth development and education.

She began her formal role working with non-profits in 1993 when she was named founding Executive Director of City Year Chicago, a national service organization that was the template for the AmeriCorps Program.

In 1995, Liz was named Executive Director of Family Star Early Head Start Montessori School in Denver, Colorado, where she led a $5 million expansion of the organization. In 1998, she became active with local boards in the San Diego area where she gained further insight and experience in education and expanded her interest in philanthropy.

Prior to her work with non-profits, Liz had a ten-year career with Ameritech Corporation. As one of very few women in their Network Operations organization, she led various technical departments and was eventually named special assistant to the CEO of Ameritech Illinois and director of a three-state region for Field Operations.

Liz serves as Vice Chairman of The Partnership for College Completion and is a Special Advisor to OneGoal. She is a director for The Museum of Science and Industry and serves as co-chair of Purdue University’s Minority Engineering Program Advisory Panel. She is an alumnus of the Non-Profit Leadership Program of Denver and of the Leadership Greater Chicago Program where she currently also serves as a Director.

Liz is married to Donald Thompson, retired President and Chief Executive Officer of McDonald’s Corporation. They live with their two children just outside Chicago, Illinois.