Ashley Thompson is the managing director for the Blackbaud Institute. She is responsible for driving Blackbaud’s extensive research, thought leadership, and best practice content. Through this role, she builds thoughtful strategies and solutions for the philanthropic sector. She also manages internal and external relationships for the Institute, including convening the Blackbaud Institute Advisory Board. Ashley is active in the Austin, Texas community, participating in numerous groups as a volunteer, active board member, and collaborative partner. She is a regular contributor to sgENGAGE®, served on the 2019 Giving USA Editorial Review Board, and is a member of the NonprofitPRO Editorial Advisory Board.