Melissa Thompson is the Chief Community Officer at Indiana Sports Corp and is responsible for board affairs, community initiatives, event bids, serves as Indiana Sports Corp’s board appointment to Sports Indiana as well as handles government relations.
A native of Indianapolis, Melissa Thompson’s roots and networks run deep in the city. Melissa offers extensive experience in event and logistics planning as well as public space management.
Prior to joining Hathaway Strategies, Melissa served as the first-ever venue manager for Georgia Street, one of downtown Indianapolis’ premier outdoor event spaces. She handled day-to-day operations and maintenance of the venue as well as event coordination and planning. Before that, Melissa occupied various roles for the City of Indianapolis. Beginning in 1999, she served in the Marion County Auditor’s Office and the Prosecutor’s Office before becoming clerk of the City County Council from 2008-2011.
There she oversaw the daily functions of the council and its support staff, served as the executive assistant to the president of the council, and was responsible for all committee meetings and their respective schedules and minutes. She was also the council’s liaison to the mayor’s office, all City of Indianapolis departments, as well as state and federal agencies and offices. As a result, Melissa has worked closely with neighborhood groups across the city, and developed deep relationships within City and State government.
Melissa has been involved in the Marion County Republican Party for more than 20 years. Beginning as a poll voter at the age of 18, serving as a precinct committeeman, ward chairman, assistant township chairman and then as the Washington Township chair from more than 5 years. In March of 2017, Melissa was elected as the vice-chairwoman of the Marion County Republican Central Committee. Melissa was also appointed by Chairman Merritt as the Republican appointee for the Marion County Election board, where she spear headed conversations and the eventual move of Marion County to Vote Centers and expanded early voting.
She is also a graduate of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series, a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Class XLII and a graduate of the 2017 Methodist Health Foundation Inspiring Leaders Program.
Melissa has also been involved with Purchased, Inc. a local non-profit with a focus on education, empowerment and awareness of human trafficking and in January assumed the role of President of the board. Melissa enjoys spending time with her 9 nieces and nephews and is an avid flag football player and runner.
Chief Community Officer at Indiana Sports Corp