Jennifer Thompson

Member Since 2022

Jennifer Thompson

Executive Director

National Association of Social Workers New Jersey/Delaware

New Jersey

Jennifer Thompson is a social worker and the executive director of the New Jersey and Delaware chapters of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Thompson has over a decade of experience working in the nonprofit and public sectors, serving in programmatic, advocacy and management roles. Prior to her work at NASW, Thompson worked for the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission and served as a senior adviser to Mayor Michael Bloomberg on a number of citywide initiatives including homeless services, affordable housing, transportation and infrastructure. At Sharsheret, an organization for young breast cancer survivorship, she developed programs funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most recently she served as chief marketing and communications officer for Girl Scouts, where she led advocacy initiatives that included a collaboration with the office of the First Lady, Michelle Obama, and her initiative Let Girls Learn. A first-generation college graduate from Kansas State University, Thompson received her MSW from the Columbia University School of Social Work. Thompson lives in Hunterdon County, NJ with her husband and son. When she’s not involved in all things social work she can be found on the football sidelines, cheering on her son.


January 11th, 2023

How to Keep Purpose at the Forefront of Your Business

In order to keep moving toward set goals, leaders must ensure that the organization's purpose is prioritized.

November 22nd, 2022

12 Effective Ways to Approach Managing Multiple Priorities

Even the most experienced of leaders can struggle when it comes to managing several different priorities.

November 15th, 2022

How Entrepreneurs Can Keep Up With Industry Trends

No matter what industry an entrepreneur operates in, developing ways of keeping up with emerging trends will help ensure they remain in business for the long term.

November 14th, 2022

Social Workers: The Surprise Heroes of Innovation

Sometimes innovation comes from unexpected places. Jennifer Thompson, executive director of the New Jersey and Delaware chapters of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and a member of the Newsweek Expert Forum, explains why c-suite leaders are increasingly incorporating social workers into their decision-making process.


National Association of Social Workers New Jersey/Delaware

Founded in 1955, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 members. The New Jersey Chapter is among the largest three chapters in the United States, with nearly 7,000 members. NASW represents social workers in micro and macro settings and all practice areas in every community throughout the state. The New Jersey Chapter of NASW is particularly committed to creating a space where members feel welcomed; as such, it has developed a comprehensive diversity plan that outlines intentional efforts to diversify the organization in the areas of membership, leadership, business practices, education programs, advocacy, and collaborations and partnerships. NASW is dedicated to ensuring that every member receives quality and efficient service to fulfill their social work practice needs. In addition, NASW works to help the community understand the depth and breadth of the social work profession, including the many ways social workers have the capacity to effect change in their constituent communities and the country as a whole. NASW connects social workers, resources, individuals and communities together to yield positive outcomes across the many spaces in which they are involved.