Thompson is a lifelong Marylander, having attended Baltimore public schools and the University of Maryland, College Park for undergraduate and law school.
"I love its geographic diversity — from the waterways on the Eastern Shore to the mountains in the western part of the state," he said.
It has inspired him to focus his philanthropic efforts to improve the quality of education for young people in Baltimore, particularly the disenfranchised, through his positions on the board of trustees for the Baltimore Community Foundation and Center Stage.
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