Thompson’s unique perspective and insight into public-private partnership development expanded the District’s only federally funded Area Health Education Center. Serving as Program Director then transitioning to Executive Director working in underserved communities in our nation’s capital. During her time at AHEC, she co-founded the DC Pink Divas with a Susan G. Komen Community Grant to create an education, navigation and lay health worker training program that has since impacted more than 10,000 lives. After 3 years as a Komen National Capital Area Grantee she was honored to join Komen’s team in 2015 as Senior Advisor to the CEO for Special Initiatives to lead a national effort to end breast cancer disparities.
Her leadership on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has been recognized by Vice President and Dr. Biden, Health and Human Service Secretary Burwell, and Office of Personal Management Director Archuleta. Thompson believes “to lead is to serve” and volunteers with a host of nonprofit boards and community organizations.
Thompson earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice from The George Washington University in 2004, and completed her graduate studies in Nonprofit Management in 2009. Shyrea and her husband are proudly raising their 6 year-old twins in Washington, DC with the same commitment to community that was ingrained early on by her parents and grandmothers.