Jim Thompson serves as Deputy Special Representative for Global Partnerships in the Global Partnership Initiative within the Office of the Secretary of State. He is the managing director of the office and provides leadership on partnerships for water, food security, and LGBT programming. Jim served as the acting director of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Partnership Center and is the former acting director of the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID's) Global Development Alliance, which is the Agency's business model for the replicable use of public-private alliances. He was responsible for overall management and strategy of the activity and managed major corporate partner relationships for the Agency. Jim has 20 years of government experience, previously serving at USAID as a Food for Peace officer and a program officer in the Europe and Eurasia bureau. He also was a contracting officer at USAID and at the U.S. Department of Energy and has used his acquisition and assistance experience to create new public-private partnership models.
Jim has taught management courses throughout Africa, Latin America, and Europe for USAID, and he was also responsible for developing the alliance builder training program delivered by GDA both in Washington and at USAID missions globally. Jim is a frequent speaker on public-private partnerships and practitioner building numerous alliances. Jim was a Rotary Ambassadorial scholar to New Zealand in 1990 and completed his master of arts in political studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.