Mozelle Thompson, CC '76, SIPA '79, LAW '81, Strategic Planning & Mentoring

Mozelle W. Thompson is CEO of Thompson Strategic Consulting, which he founded in 2005. The firm provides innovative legal, policy and business advice to innovative companies like Facebook, Samsung, and the Walt Disney Company. Previously, he was a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission (1997-2004); principal deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Treasury Department (1993-1997); acting executive director, executive VP, and general counsel at the New York State Housing Finance Agency (1990-1993); and a senior associate at Skadden Arps (1982-1990). He is a director at Atigeo, a big data analytics company, and has served as an advisory board member of Facebook, Samsung, and Loyal3.

Mr. Thompson received a B.A. in 1976 from Columbia College and a J.D. in 1981 from Columbia Law School. He was an international fellow at SIPA in 1979 and in 1980 he received an M.P.A. from Princeton University. He is an alumni class agent and served on his reunion committees at the College and the Law School.  He presently chairs the Volunteer Development Initiative and is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Columbia Alumni Association. At commencement 2016, Mr. Thompson was awarded the Alumni Medal and in 2014, he received the John Jay Award. In 2000, he was the third recipient of the Black Heritage Award from the Black Alumni Council.  He has served in the senior leadership of the American Bar Association and numerous mentoring organizations such as the executive board of Practicing Attorneys for Law Students, a mentoring organization assisting African-American and Latino law students. He presently serves as a director of the Lenfest Scholars Foundation and is a former director of Media Access Project.  He has also served on the faculties of the Woodrow Wilson School and Fordham Law School, and has been an Irvine Foundation Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School. He resides in Washington, DC.

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