John Thompson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of NORC. As President, he has responsibility for all NORC corporate activities and for the quality of all NORC research efforts. Thompson's vision for NORC is to establish the organization as a leader in the social science
research industry. He works to realize this vision by strengthening the organization's high-quality, diverse staff and by broadening the scope of the collaborations between NORC and the University of Chicago.
Thompson also provides leadership in the social science research community. An elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), Thompson is Chair of the Social Statistics Section of the ASA and he chaired the 2009 ASA Committee on Fellows. He has been elected to serve a three-year term as a member of the Committee on National Statistics at the National Academies of Science. He participated as a member of the Panel on the Design of the 2010 Census Program of Evaluations and Experiments and currently serves on the Panel to Review the 2010 Census, both sponsored by the Committee on National Statistics.
Before coming to NORC, Thompson had a distinguished career at the U.S. Census Bureau, including serving as the senior career officer responsible for all aspects of the 2000 Decennial Census.