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IDEAS Announces New President/CEO

IDEAS Welcomes Gabrielle Thompson as President/CEO

After conducting a thorough search, IDEAS Board of Directors is excited to announce Gabrielle Thompson as President and CEO of IDEAS, effective July 20, 2022. Welcome, Gabrielle!

As CEO and Executive Director of Free for Life International, Gabrielle has been leading the mission, vision, and strategy for this nonprofit organization focusing on global anti-human trafficking and empowering vulnerable populations since 2015. Gabrielle was responsible for the management and operations of a globally distributed staff and volunteers. She created and maintained strategic domestic and international partnerships with donors, foundations, governments, and faith-based organizations. Gabrielle qualified and onboarded all programs and partners, was responsible for budget and finance oversight, and was the image of the organization in a global community. Her most current initiatives included a globally applicable human trafficking prevention curriculum taught in multiple countries, the expansion of an ethical interception program in India and Nepal, and a scholarship program to empower survivors through education and financial independence. 

Previously, Gabrielle was an Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Middle Tennessee State University and has held Program Director positions in the nonprofit sector and in higher education. She earned a Master of International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and Anthropology from Middle Tennessee State University. Gabrielle loves to be active and frequently enjoys adventuring in the great outdoors.

Gabrielle's responsibilities will include overall leadership for IDEAS with a focus on strategic planning for growth, enhancing IDEAS efforts in fund and resource development, and community and public relations.

We are pleased to welcome Gabrielle to the IDEAS team! And we look forward to seeing how God will use Gabrielle to lead, strengthen, and grow IDEAS for God's glory and purposes.

"It is a tremendous honor to join such an incredible community! I come into this new space with humility, excitement, and eagerness to lead IDEAS in the next chapter towards the acceleration of our mission, vision, and global impact." - Gabrielle Thompson