Michelle Thompson

Senior Data Fellow

Center for Inclusive Growth

Associate Professor

The University of New Orleans Department of Planning & Urban Studies

Dr. Michelle M. Thompson is an Associate Professor at the University of New Orleans in the Department of Planning & Urban Studies (UNO PLUS).

Dr. Thompson teaches courses in applied geographic information systems, community development finance, housing, transportation, urban studies, neighborhood and land use planning. She received a Masters degree in Regional Planning'84 and Ph.D.'01 from the Cornell University Department of City and Regional Planning with a focus on community development and spatial analysis using geographic information systems (GIS). Thompson received her Bachelor of Arts in Policy Studies from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs from Syracuse University in 1982. Thompson obtained her Geographic Information Systems Professional certification (GISP) in 2015.

Thompson’s research focuses on the innovative application of public and private participation geographic information systems (p3GIS) in community development and reinvestment. In 2008 Thompson created a web-based community mapping service, WhoData.org, which combined parcel level neighborhood condition information with public data to monitor post-Katrina socio-economic and demographic changes. Dr. Thompson & husband Kevin created Cross World Africa, Inc. in 2009 which still provides cultural and economic support to families in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Dr. Thompson is also the Principal of Thompson Real Estate Consultants LLC, a real estate research and education firm. As a former licensed residential real estate appraiser, Thompson has worked in both public and private companies related to the finance of residential and commercial real estate. Thompson has a long-term interest in working with community development organizations to provide technical support, market research and evaluation services. 

Dr. Thompson currently serves as a Senior Data Fellow with the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth focusing on applying the p3GIS Inclusive Growth model nationally.