Ann Marie Thigpen

Lead Consultant, Faculty



October 12, 2012
Tagged: School of Social Work, Four Freedom Fund’s Response to Harsh Enforcement Initiative, Center for Nonprofit Leadership

Ann Marie Thigpen

Lead Consultant, Faculty


Ann Marie Thigpen currently serves as the first director of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Adelphi University.

Ann Marie was an invited member of the New York State Attorney General’s Committee to Revitalize New York nonprofit law. The recommendations were approved and become effective in July 2014. She also is on the State’s Attorney General’s nonprofit boards of directors initiative, Director’s U.  Additionally, she serves on the Selection Committee for the New York Community Trust/New York Magazine Nonprofit Excellence Award and the selection committee for the Brooke Mahoney/VCG awards for the New York metropolitan region’s outstanding nonprofit board of directors.  She also was selected as a mentor for the United Nations Peacekeepers’ Leadership Training Institute in Brindisi, Italy.

Previously, Ms. Thigpen was program director for LITAC Nonprofit Solutions, part of the Long Island Community Foundation. Through LITAC, she delivered customized training to boards and staff on governance, board building, strategic planning, fundraising, marketing and communication, among a variety of capacity-building services.

Formerly director of the Nonprofit Resource Center at the Community Foundation of Broward, Ms. Thigpen revitalized its Nonprofit Resource Center and created innovative programming for south Florida with the first of its kind Strategic Technology program for nonprofits, a board development initiative and a satellite series in nonprofit management.

Before joining the Community Foundation of Broward staff, Ms. Thigpen was a business communication lecturer for undergraduates at Penn State University and taught communication in a master’s program for business/engineering.

Ms. Thigpen has also been a freelance communication consultant, having written more than 50 case statements for both national and regional organizations. She has also been a consultant to nonprofit boards of directors and nonprofit staff. Her professional affiliations include the Alliance for Nonprofit Management and BoardSource, where she was an invited presenter at the BoardSource Leadership Forum meeting in 2002.

Recognized as an expert in popular culture and the arts, she curated an art exhibit at the University of Florida for which she wrote the accompanying catalog. She has also appeared on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Kurault, produced by Bill Geist, in a feature about her project. A freelance writer, Ms. Thigpen has written articles for a variety of publications, including Newsweek, Country Magazine, The Chicago Tribune and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Born in Miami, Florida, Ms. Thigpen received a bachelor’s from Florida State University and has done graduate work at Florida State University (art history), Indiana University (education) and Penn State University (mass communications) with the equivalent of three master’s degrees. She has also been a professional actress, appearing in film, television, on stage and in television and radio commercials.

As a lecturer and consultant, Ms. Thigpen has consulted with more than 500 nonprofit organizations and their boards of directors.

Tagged: School of Social Work, Four Freedom Fund’s Response to Harsh Enforcement Initiative, Center for Nonprofit Leadership
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