Darrel Thompson is a Principal with theGROUP, an independent strategy, policy, and communications firm based in Washington, DC.
In April 2014, Thompson ran for the District Council’s Ward 6 seat, and worked to bring equity in services and greater opportunities to the people of Ward 6 and the District of Columbia.
Previously, Thompson served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Intergovernmental and External Affairs to U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid. In this role, Mr. Thompson advised the Majority Leader on labor and employment issues, such as workplace rules and regulations, business and labor negotiations, job growth and protection, as well as social justice issues. Mr. Thompson’s unique position with Majority Leader Reid also tasked him with increasing economic development in the state of Nevada in the industries of finance & banking, renewable energy, transportation, health care, and housing. Additionally, during his time with Sen. Reid, Thompson received several awards, most notably he was named to Roll Call’s 2013 Fabulous 50 which showcases Capitol Hill’s leading Democratic and Republican staffers.
Prior to joining Senator Reid, Thompson was the Chief of Staff for the Barack Obama for U.S. Senate campaign. Mr. Thompson also served as the Finance Chief of Staff and National Political Advisor for Congressman Richard Gephardt’s 2004 presidential campaign. Additionally, he served in several senior positions over a five-year period during Mr. Gephardt’s tenure as House Democratic Leader. Mr. Thompson was also the Deputy Executive Director of the House Democratic Caucus.
Prior to his official congressional service, Mr. Thompson was the Financial Services Director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) where he was responsible for all political fundraising operations. During his three-year period at the DCCC, he consulted for over 100 congressional campaigns on fundraising, campaign operations, and voter turnout. He has also managed and served as senior staff on legislative, congressional, and gubernatorial campaigns.
Thompson was born in Washington, DC and raised in both the District of Columbia and Baltimore, Maryland. He and his wife, Dr. Britt Weinstock, along with their dog Taco, reside on Capitol Hill. He holds a Master in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Political Science from Morgan State University.