Managing Director, Global Communications
I Ling Thompson Managing Director, Global Communications © The Nature Conservancy

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I Ling Thompson

Managing Director, Global Communications

Denver, Colorado

  • Areas of Expertise

    strategic communications, global strategies, conservation management


I Ling Thompson serves as Managing Director, Global Communications, where she sets the strategic vision and direction for strategic communications to tackle the most pressing global challenges facing nature and people.

Prior to this role, I Ling served in a number of leadership roles for TNC since 2002, including a number of leadership roles within Marketing and most recently as Deputy to the Chief Conservation Officer (now President), where she provided executive management support for 72 countries across Conservation, Science, Operations, External Affairs, Development and Marketing. I Ling currently serves as a fellow on the Executive Team, a co-executive sponsor for the Women in Nature Employee Resource Group and a standing member of the Conservation Management Team.

During a three-year hiatus from TNC, I Ling served as Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Membership with the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) from 2011 to 2014, the national trade association representing more than 4,000 manufacturers, retailers, suppliers and distributors in the outdoor recreation industry. During her time there, I Ling authored the game-changing 2012 Outdoor Recreation Economy Report and spearheaded the communications campaign to drive attention to the industry’s $646 billion contribution in consumer spending and 6.1 million jobs.

Before joining becoming a full-time conservationist, I Ling led socially focused behavior change campaigns for international public relations agencies, including Edelman Public Relations and Porter Novelli.  She has her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Georgia, and lives in Denver, Colo. When not being an evangelist for nature, you will find I Ling mountain biking or hiking the mountains of Colorado. 

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