Rob Thompson

Director, Early Childhood

As Director, Early Childhood, Rob leads the Foundation’s emerging early childhood program area to ensure all children in North Carolina get off to a strong start in life.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Rob spent more than a decade advocating for children’s policy issues in North Carolina, including the past six years at NC Child, having most recently served as Deputy Director. He also served as the Executive Director of the Covenant with North Carolina’s Children for six years prior and helped lead the creation of NC Child during that time.

What I love about my work:

I am passionate about making sure all kids have the opportunity for a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life. As Director, Early Childhood, I get to do this work with smart people from across the state who share this commitment to our state’s children. It’s hard to beat that.

When not at my desk:

I love to be outside. If I have a free weekend, I try to sneak in a backpacking or camping trip with my family. Otherwise, I’m hanging with my son, reading, watching basketball, or cooking.

Favorite thing about North Carolina:

The mountains and our collective love of basketball.