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Julian Thompson


Strategist, UNCF


Julian Thompson is strategist for UNCF (United Negro College Fund) and its Institute for Capacity Building, which is based in Atlanta, Georgia. As strategist, Julian is responsible for the cultivation of strategies and programs that improve the resilience and sustainability of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the broader Black community. Prior to this role, Julian led the development of a new UNCF leadership program for institution presidents and board chairs. Julian began his career focused on the intersection of education and policy with City Year Philadelphia, the School District of Philadelphia, and most recently Philadelphia City Council, where as senior policy advisor he led a portfolio that included education, environmental protection, minority business development, housing quality, and women’s rights. Before returning to Atlanta in 2019, he participated actively in Philadelphia civic life, including long stints as a mock trial coach, board member, and facilitator of community reading groups on Dr. W.E.B. DuBois. Julian holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from Morehouse College and a law degree from Harvard Law School.