Mike Thompson, six-plus year executive director of the LGBTQ Community Center of the desert, will be stepping down at the beginning of April. The Center Board Co-Chair Ted Briggs announced the move in a letter to Ocotillo Club members on Friday evening, Dec. 4.
Briggs reflected on Thompson’s time at The Center: “It’s very hard to over-state the impact and accomplishment of Mike’s six and a half years at the helm of our Center. Whether it be the capital campaign and completion of the buildout of the McDonald/Wright building as the new home for The Center; the amazing staff he has recruited and worked to develop; the stabilization and growth of our donor base and community sponsor support; the near completion of our renovations and expansion of the Behavioral Health Center into the second floor of our building; the establishment of two premier community events in Center Stage and the Red Dress/Dress Red or, the recent announcement of the incredible geographical growth in the East Coachella Valley with the opening of The Center Coachella.”
Board Co-Chair Mary Sue Allen has been appointed as the interim CEO. Effective January 1st, Mary Sue will step down from her role on the Board and work with Mike to focus on the transition.