About the Author

cover-photoJohn P. Thompson had a 30-year career in local government including 20 years as city manager of two California cities before becoming a partner on commercial development projects.  Throughout his career he was active with several professional organizations and was honored by his peers to serve as President of the League of California City Manager’s Department.  He is a Lifetime Member of the International City/County Management Association. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Master of Arts in Urban Studies from Occidental College, and is a graduate Fellow of the Coro Public Affairs program. He cares deeply about effective local government and balanced public policy.  He has founded and served on numerous nonprofit community-based organizations and is the current President of a local social service nonprofit.  Thompson lives in Northern California with his wife of 40 years, Diane.  They enjoy travel, friends and family and especially their 4 grandchildren.