Elsie Thompson

PARADEREST CO-FOUNDER, BOARD MEMBER, 2009-PRESENT


Elsie Wilson Thompson’s civic interests include youth services, education and the arts. She is a founding board member and past president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia, has served as board member and officer of the historic Paramount Theater of Charlottesville, and is treasurer of the Virginia Chamber Music Foundation, presenter of the annual Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival. She also serves on the Governing Council of UVA’s Miller Center of Public Affairs, the advisory board of UVA's Fralin Museum of Art, and the board of the Foundation of the State Arboretum, which supports UVA's Blandy Experimental Farm. For many years she has served as an intermediate application reader and on the Advisory Board for the Ron Brown Scholars Program. She is a graduate of UVA Law School (J.D. ’75) and Radcliffe College (A. B. ’72). After practicing antitrust and corporate law in New York City and Houston, she moved with her family to Charlottesville, where she has been involved with a number of entrepreneurial ventures and nonprofit organizations. While at UVA Law, she coached the first two racing seasons of the UVA women’s crew, and in recent years she has helped manage the Boys & Girls Clubs’ summer tennis program in Charlottesville. She and her husband, W. McIlwaine Thompson, Jr., have four grown children.