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Shyrea Thompson brings more than 15 years of education advocacy and outreach experience, on Capitol Hill and in a variety of front-line roles serving both public and private universities in Massachusetts, New York and Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining Komen 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 to lead the organization in its goal to achieve breast health equity as the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives.
Her leadership on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act was recognized by Vice President and Dr. Biden. Thompson believes “to lead is to serve” and volunteers with a host of nonprofit boards and community organizations. In 2016, she was honored to be selected as one of the National Minority Quality Forum’s 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health, awarded by the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust.
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 7 year-old twins in Washington, DC with the same commitment to community that was ingrained early on by her parents and grandmothers.