2002 Thompson
Milken Scholar 2002
Scholar Profile

Raquel Thompson

Nonprofit Management


Raquel is a Senior Program Manager at The OpEd Project in Brooklyn. The OpEd Project is a social venture founded to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas heard in the world. Working with universities, think tanks, foundations, nonprofits, corporations and community organizations across the nation, the OpEd Project scouts and trains under-represented experts (especially women) to take thought leadership positions in their fields.

Raquel received a B.A. in political science from Yale University in spring 2006. Following college, she worked in South Africa as part of Playing for Peace, a nonprofit group that organizes basketball and soccer games between children in areas of the world with a history of civil strife, in an effort to promote peace, goodwill, and better understanding. Raquel then joined the Africa team at Ashoka to get a broader understanding of the hundreds of individuals who are relentlessly pioneering new solutions to some of their country’s – and the world’s – most deeply rooted problems, from government accountability to domestic violence.

High school:  Poly Prep Country Day School


College Year Degree
Yale University
New Haven, CT
2006 A.B. Political Science