KESSA THOMPSON

Operations Manager

Kessa R. Thompson is a passionate, mission driven, authentic leader with over 25 years of experience in Operations, Human Resources, Executive Recruiting, and Talent Acquisition. As the former Director of Talent with Good Insight, a national retained executive search firm that dedicated to serving the social sector. During her tenure, Kessa designed and implemented comprehensive recruitment strategies to draw diverse pools of applicants for entities such as HumanitiesDC, Center for Science in the Public Interest, and DC Greens. Her work involved collaborating with client stakeholders, identifying prospective candidates, conducting applicant screenings, and preparing finalists for interviews. Prior to Good Insight, her previous experience included senior operations and Human Resources roles for community service nonprofits serving youth, K-12 educators, and adults living with disabilities. She also oversaw legal recruiting at firms such as, Caplin & Drysdale, Kirkland & Ellis, and Holland & Knight.

Kessa earned a B.S. from Mississippi University for Women and a M.S.A. in Human Resource Management from Trinity Washington University. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Human Resources Association of Southern Maryland.


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