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Rebecca Thompson got her start in politics at just 14 years old when she served as a summer intern for a woman elected official in her hometown of Detroit. She had no idea how that experience would plant the seed for her love of politics and that 20 years later it would lead her to working for EMILY’s List, the largest resource in the country for women in politics.

Rebecca is one of the leading experts and voices in the country on women of color, especially black women, in politics. Her personal mission and life’s work is to change the face of power by informing, inspiring and supporting women to run for office so they can fulfill their purpose and change the world. She currently serves as the Run to Win Director for EMILY’s List, leading the largest candidate recruitment and training program in the organization’s history.

She has traveled the world training candidates to run for office and is a graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale, EMILY’S List, VoteRunLead and numerous other leadership programs. Rebecca is a national trainer for ElectHer, which trains young women to run for office and has served on the National Leadership Team of Political Parity, a bipartisan group of national women’s organizations dedicated to getting more women elected to office. She has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Essence Magazine, and numerous other publications.

Rebecca was inspired to create “Changing the Face of Power” – the first and only podcast in the country dedicated to inspiring black women to run for office – after losing her election for state representative by just 6 votes on Election Day. She wants to teach women candidates everything she learned the hard way so they can run and win the first time. In her spare time you can find Rebecca glued to her Kindle, cuddling with her dog, hiking, or enjoying a long nap. She recently lived abroad in SE Asia and Europe and currently resides in Washington, DC.

You can reach Rebecca at rebecca@rebeccamthompson.com