Melvin Thompson

Melvin Thompson, MBA is Executive Director of the Endeleo Institute, the nonprofit community development arm of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois.  The mission is to empower Washington Heights and surrounding communities by strengthening existing assets and improving health, education and community development outcomes for greater quality of life.

Melvin has an extensive community development background and a growing body of community-academic experience, with emphasis on Community-based Participatory Research.  Previously, he was Development Director for Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs and worked with a private housing developer on the City of Chicago Plan for Transformation.

Melvin currently serves as Steering Committee Member of the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) as part of the Center for Community Health at Northwestern University, a member of the National Health Equity Task Force at the American Heart Association and on the Board of Directors at the Community Renewal Society.