Clarissa Thompson is MICA's executive director. Thompson joined MICA in 1995 as an AmeriCorps member, and has served the agency in multiple capacities including youth development coordinator, Early Childhood Programs professional development coordinator, community liaison, and most recently, family development director, a position she has held since 2012.
Thompson has a wide-range of experiences from providing direct services to leading major federal, state, and local initiatives designed to improve outcomes for children and families. Her most recent work has been focused on MICA’s two-generation approach to addressing rural childhood poverty through the White House Rural Council’s Rural IMPACT initiative as well as the scaling up of MICA’s premier summer learning program, Bobcat University, which Thompson co-designed. She lead MICA’s disaster recovery efforts serving over 750 families after the F3 Tornado.
MICA provides opportunities to people in vulnerable situations. We equip them to achieve stability, security, and success. We collaborate with families and partners to create communities where fewer people find themselves in poverty, and those who do have a path out.
MICA's vision is communities without poverty. We help create collaborative communities that are responsive to change and address the causes and conditions of poverty. We help build safe and healthy communities that offer abundant opportunities for all people to thrive.