A member of the Navajo Nation, Melissa Thompson is of the Wandering People clan and born for the Towering House People clan. She grew up immersed in a second culture on the Tohono O’odham community of San Xavier in Tucson, AZ.
As a strategist, Thompson has a unique eye when it comes to developing solutions for tribal communities. In her role with Blue Stone, Thompson brings her ability to understand tribal cultures, interview tribal members, and work on behalf of tribal leadership. In her role she assists in collecting and synthesizing data, analyzing trends and identifying opportunities to strengthen tribal sovereignty as well as providing overall support to project staff.
Prior to her work with Blue Stone, Thompson worked as a Tribal Partnership Specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau with each of the Eight Northern Pueblos of New Mexico. She served as a tribal liaison and worked with the tribal governors and their departmental leaders to facilitate community events and outreach. Thompson has participated in the Native American Finance Officers Association Summer Business Institute, serving as a mentor and advisor to young native students.
She graduated with a B.A. in Native American Studies from Dartmouth College. Her research at Dartmouth included tribal sovereignty and solving the challenges faced by tribes with diverse geographies. She is currently working on attaining her M.B.A. in Project Management from Strayer University.