Karen Thompson (she/her) was born and raised in Washington, DC and is the youngest of five children. She received a BS and MS in Computer Science from Hampton University with a focus in computer programming and testing. She was employed as a software developer for a number of years before taking time away to focus on caring for her family. It was during this time that she developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector, specifically education, as a parent volunteer in the SFUSD. This experience gave her a deep appreciation for how resources, both people and financial, directly impact the ability for schools to provide the best educational experiences for students, teachers, and families.
Since joining the Hamlin community, Karen has worked with the Advancement team, served as a parent ambassador, and worked on multiple committees dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and belonging at Hamlin. She is deeply committed to ensuring that through the work of admissions, Hamlin attracts and retains students and families who honor our mission and the work we do everyday. Her greatest hope is that prospective and applicant families, regardless of background or outcome, have an incredible admission experience.
Karen resides in San Francisco with her husband Al and three children: Maya (Hamlin Class of 2016), Trey, and Dyon. In her free time, she enjoys curling up with a good book, playing video games, trying to get her hydrangeas to bloom, watching professional sports, and laughing until her sides hurt.