John Thompson III and Monica Moore Thompson, P’23

Parent Leadership Award
Vice President, Player Development and Engagement, Monumental Sports and Entertainment; Co-Founder and Executive Director, John Thompson III Foundation

The Thompsons have been active members of the Fairfield community since their son, John ’23, enrolled four years ago. Since joining the Fairfield family, they have generously supported and led the Parents Leadership Council (PLC)—the past two years as the Council’s co-chairs—while also being actively involved in the University’s rugby club.

“Monica has that special combination of warmth and drive which makes for an effective leader,” says Ellen Dooley ’85, P’23, director of the Office of Parent Engagement and Philanthropy. “She leads by example and encourages our Fairfield parents every step of the way to be engaged with the University and enhance the student experience with their support.”

Mrs. Thompson devotes her time to non-profit board service in the areas of education and healthcare at organizations such as Teach for America, the Washington Jesuit Academy, and as the vice chair of the Alumni Council at Princeton. She previously worked in the Development Office of the couple’s alma mater, Princeton University, before taking time away to raise the family. Her passion in addressing health inequity and DC’s high fatality rates for breast cancer among black women inspired the Thompsons to establish the John Thompson III Foundation in 2007.

Mr. Thompson also has a passion for higher education. Before serving in his current role as vice president of player development & engagement for Monumental Sports, Mr. Thompson was Georgetown University’s head basketball coach for 13 years and coached at Princeton University for a total of 13 years, including four years as head coach.

A family of five residing in McLean, Virginia, the Thompsons have three children—John ’23, Morgan, and Matthew.