Chad Thompson has positioned himself as an innovator of corporate marketing campaigns and is recognized as a national expert in land use politics. With twenty years of political experience, working for the nation’s top political strategists and management consulting firms, Chad has proven he can design and implement winning grassroots political strategies.
Prior to joining Five Corners Strategies as Director of Project Management, Chad founded Thompson Public Strategies, a boutique, grassroots political consulting firm. Over the course of the past ten years, he served as a Senior Project Manager at a national management consulting firm, specializing in helping clients navigate difficult political terrain.
Thompson honed his land use skills managing local zoning and grassroots political campaigns by designing strategies for Fortune 100 companies across a diverse set of industries. Thompson has successfully managed multiple corporate marketing and land use campaigns in 34 states and over 200 local jurisdictions.
Prior to that, Thompson worked for over a decade managing 25 local, state and national political campaigns. Following graduation from college, at the age of 21, Chad ran as one of the youngest candidates in state history for the state legislature defeating a heavily favored candidate to win his party’s nomination before narrowly losing the general election.
He went on to serve as Press Secretary for Congressman Bart Gordon and Special Assistant to James Carville, former senior political advisor to President Bill Clinton and Mary Matalin, former senior political advisor to President George W. Bush. There he helped with the scheduling and management of both principals. Thompson was the chief political strategist for the Tennessee Senate and helped maintain their majority in three different election cycles. He ended his service to the senate caucus by securing a victory in an open-seat, special election. He also was the lead architect of the Tennessee Senate redistricting plan, which netted one new seat for the majority.
Thompson is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He attended The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management and completed the Summer Scholar Program earning a graduate certificate in campaign management. Thompson has done additional study at the Harvard-MIT Institute for Public Disputes.
A native of Tennessee, he resides in Northern Virginia with his wife Elizabeth, an attorney, and their four children. He enjoys backpacking, coaching baseball, and serving as a scout leader.