Director of Urban Services
Sandino Thompson is a leader with a passion for revitalizing and engaging communities through multi-faceted interventions. As Public Strategies’ Director of Urban Services, Thompson provides oversight to neighborhood-based revitalization efforts, as well as public education, youth development, and employment projects. His strengths lie in his ability to develop a vision that leads to the prioritization of daily project objectives to ensure the realization of goals and outcomes. He offers leadership to numerous projects, providing the critical insights needed to gain community confidence and high quality results. One of his hallmark projects is the Whatever It Takes Initiative, a city-wide collaborative designed to bring transformational change to a low-income African American community, impacted for decades by the consequences of multigenerational poverty. Thompson has successfully managed large-scale multi-million dollar construction and renovation projects throughout the United States, including whole neighborhood rebuilding efforts following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ivan, which devastated the Gulf Coast States. He received a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management Engineering Technology with a minor in Political Science from Oklahoma State University.