Elvia Hernández Thompson has over 25 years of government experience at the Departments of Commerce and Defense, the Defense Intelligence Agency and NASA, as an analyst specializing in translating technical information into language understandable by the general public. At DIA, she was a part of a team that assessed the risk of national security threats posed by transfer of industrial technology.
A public relations professional, Ms. Thompson is author of numerous public interest articles, blogs and op-ed pieces. She is a graphic artist and web designer. Since her retirement from federal service Ms. Thompson has run a print and web design business in Annapolis, Maryland, and a non-profit dedicated to local environmental issues. She has produced and hosted a weekly, hour-long radio program in Annapolis for over two years and is an experienced public speaker comfortable on stage and before a camera.
She has experience as a grant writer and grant administrator. She worked as a journalist for Knight Ridder Newspapers and as a local government official specializing in community development.
Ms. Thompson is on the Board of several organizations in Annapolis and is a community activist who advocates for sustainable living with state and local governments, private organizations and the public. She is fluent in several languages.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Latin American Studies and a major equivalent in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Miami and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Florida International University.