CEO, Thompson Strategic Consulting
Mozelle W. Thompson is CEO of Thompson Strategic Consulting where he provides innovative legal, policy and business advice to innovative companies like Facebook, where he was an advisory board member, Samsung, Disney and many startups. Thompson’s distinguished public and private sector experience has made him an international leader and trusted adviser to presidents, heads of state, governments and corporations. He is a frequent guest on news outlets like CNBC where he speaks about economic, regulatory and technology issues. He also serves on several corporate and non-profit boards.
Thompson was a Team Leader of the Obama/Biden Transition where he led the review of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, (SEC). From December 1997 until August 2004, Thompson served as a Commissioner on the US Federal Trade Commission where he developed leadership roles in such areas as international consumer protection, high technology antitrust, online privacy and intellectual property. He also served as Chairman of the OECD Committee on Consumer Policy where he established groundbreaking policies to promote competition and protect consumers around the world. This role was particularly critical during the growth of today’s high technology industry and it was where he produced the first international standards for e-Commerce.
Prior to the FTC, Thompson worked for Treasury Secretaries Lloyd Bentsen and Robert Rubin, serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Policy. Before going to Washington, Thompson worked for Governor Mario Cuomo, serving as Acting Executive Director, Secretary and General Counsel of the New York State Housing Finance Agency, (HFA), the State of New York Mortgage Agency, (SONYMA), New York Medical Care Facilities Finance Agency, (MCFFA), and their sister agencies. He also practiced law with the firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York.
Thompson is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School, and received his MPA from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. He has taught at Fordham, Princeton and Stanford universities and has received numerous awards in recognition of his work, including the Distinguished Service Award by the UC Berkeley School of Law and its Center for Law and Technology. In 2016, Columbia University gave him its highest alumni honor – the Alumni Medal.
In addition to his professional activities, Commissioner Thompson has held leadership positions with the American Bar Association and founded several mentoring organizations for underserved communities and children.