Cath Thompson is a peacebuilding and network-building professional with experience in conflict transformation, philanthropy, grant solicitation and management, network building, and group facilitation. She is a GFP USA ambassador and former board member, where she served as the chair of the GFP USA Outreach Committee from 2021-2023. Currently, she serves as Managing Director for the Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG) and as a Navigator with Wayfinding Partners, a strategic consulting firm specializing in organizational transformation with a racial justice lens.
Before joining PSFG, Cath worked at Independent Sector, where she supported a network of over 500 philanthropies and nonprofits through capacity-building and programming.
Previously, Cath founded and managed PeaceMeals, a program that leveraged cooking classes and facilitated dinners to promote community-building and wellness. Cath served on staff and as a Scoville Fellow at the Truman National Security Project and as a Fulbright Scholar in Morocco. Cath’s fieldwork in peacebuilding and post-conflict rehabilitation have brought her around the world, including to North Africa, Senegal, Northern Ireland, and Iraq.
She has obtained certifications from the United States Institute of Peace Academy, in addition to her MA degree in International Relations from Queens University. Her past experiences include Founder and Director of PeaceMeals (2011-2018); Associate, Programs and Practice, at Independent Sector (2016-2017); Residential Counselor at Rogers Memorial Hospital (2013-2015); Grants Manager and Policy Associate/Scoville Fellow with the Truman National Security Project (2011-2012); and Program Coordinator at International Reach, Office of International Student Services, University of Wisconsin (2008-2009).