Message From Board Chair

Elsie McCabe Thompson to Lead
New York City Mission Society

The Board of Directors of New York City Mission Society has appointed Elsie McCabe Thompson the new President of the two-century-old nonprofit, effective April 30, 2014.

Ms. McCabe Thompson has decades of experience in the nonprofit, cultural, legal, and government sectors. She most recently shepherded the Museum for African Arts as its President for 15 years. In this capacity, she guided an organizational revitalization in which she raised nearly $93 million, and led a financial and brand turnaround to establish the Museum, its exhibits and multilingual books prominently in New York and in more than 140 cultural centers on four continents.

Previously, she served as Co-Founder and Director of the National Urban Technology Center, and as Chief of Staff to then-Mayor David N. Dinkins. Prior to that, she was a Senior Litigation Associate at Shearman & Sterling.

Ms. McCabe Thompson received a B.A. at Barnard College, Columbia University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

She currently serves as a Trustee of the National Recreation Foundation and National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy, and is a member of the Association for a Better New York Steering Committee. She lives with her husband, former New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr., in Harlem