Irina Thompson, CFRE


Irina Thompson has dedicated her entire career to helping nonprofits activate their missions through fund development. With nearly 15 years of fundraising experience that spans museums, libraries, and human/aging services organizations, Irina is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.  

Before returning to Marts&Lundy, Irina served as a Director at Grants Plus, leading a department of consultants in securing millions in grant funds for clients nationwide. Prior to consulting, Irina served as the Director of Institutional Giving at Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma Counties (JFCS). JFCS serves 120,000 people in five Bay Area counties annually, including thousands older adults through a full suite of innovative aging services programs through its Seniors At Home division.  

She also advanced the missions of the California Academy of Sciences and the Bay Area Discovery Museum by growing institutional fund development programs. Irina is the editor of the 2023 Philanthropy in Aging Services Study, has presented at LeadingAge National, and co-authored a chapter in the book Fundraising and Strategic Planning, available from Rowman & Littlefield.  

Irina also serves on the University of Michigan’s William L. Clements Library Associates Board of Governors.  


Ann Arbor, Michigan


  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A.
  • University of Michigan - School of Information, M.S.I.

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