<h1>Our Staff</h1>

Our Staff

Elana Thompson
Elana Thompson
GO EDUCATION CONSULTANT
ElanaT@cicf.org

Growing up, Elana Thompson's parents stressed the importance of community service. They said, "You have been blessed. Pass it on." Thus, the habits of giving, volunteering and serving became core values for Elana.

Her expertise is in leadership and development, training, diversity and inclusion, communications, and educational initiatives. The mother of two sons, Elana is also a PhD candidate working on her dissertation. Her research centers on the role of black mothers and how they influence their sons' success in school - specifically in graduating from college. As mom, Elana wanted to know how best to help her sons succeed, despite the many barriers that face black boys.

Elana became involved in Women's Fund through the OPTIONS program during Class 14. The site visits gave her a glimpse into the great need within our community for support of women and girls. She left many site visits with the overwhelming need to do more and has since volunteered for several organizations she visited. Elana is going into her third year serving on the OPTIONS Alumnae Committee.

With deep experience in higher education, corporate America, and nonprofits, she will utilize her skills of public outreach, fundraising, event planning, and curriculum development to positively impact Women's Fund. She was recognized in the Indianapolis Business Journal "Forty Under 40" Class of 2016 and have received numerous honors throughout the community. She is also a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Program and a Pi Lambda Theta Educator Honor Society member. Elana's energy and drive generates change and results.

Elana's top priority is her family- Husband Dexter and sons Dylan and Devin. In her free time, she enjoys doing anything that gives her a creative outlet such as gardening, refinishing furniture and painting. She enjoys organization - so much, in fact, that in her spare time, she stages homes and provides event decorating such as those at weddings. She looks forward to bringing her passion and creativity to the GO Program.