Irina Thompson has dedicated her entire career to helping nonprofits activate their missions through fund development. She joins Marts & Lundy with nearly a decade of nonprofit fundraising experience that spans museums, libraries, and human/aging services organizations. Immediately prior to becoming part of the Richner + Richner team, Irina served as the Director of Institutional Giving at Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties (JFCS). JFCS serves 80,000 people in five Bay Area counties annually, including 17,000 older adults through a full suite of innovative aging services programs through its Seniors At Home division. She also advanced the missions of the California Academy of Sciences and the Bay Area Discovery Museum by growing institutional fund development programs.
Some of Irina’s proudest professional accomplishments to date include: securing funding to launch the Try It Truck, a hands-on, traveling engineering experience, at the Bay Area Discovery Museum; and, co-authoring a chapter on relevance in 21st century fundraising in the book Fundraising and Strategic Planning: Innovative Approaches for Museums, available from Rowman & Littlefield.
Irina serves on the University of Michigan’s William L. Clements Library Associates Board of Governors. She and her husband are avid travelers and plan itineraries primarily around museums and good food. They are passionate about traveling light and are already teaching her daughter the joys of carry on only luggage.