Jolene Thompson has been AMP President/CEO since 2020. She also serves as the general manager of the Municipal Energy Services Agency (MESA). She has been with AMP since 1990, having previously served as executive vice president of member services and external affairs where she provided oversight of AMP’s government relations, communications, training, environmental affairs, sustainability initiatives, risk, insurance, strategic planning, member programs, and safety, environmental and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) compliance activities.
Thompson is active nationally. She is a member of the Boards of The Energy Authority (TEA) and Large Public Power Council (LPPC), where she is the CEO co-chair of the Policy Task Force. Notably, she served on the American Public Power Association (APPA) Board of Directors from 2015 to 2022, where she was Board chair from 2020 to 2021, a member of the executive committee from 2016 to 2022, an officer from 2018 to 2022, and Nominating Committee chair from 2021 to 2022. Having completed her terms on the APPA Board, she remains a member of the Nominating Committee. Thompson was previously a member of the Transmission Access Policy Study (TAPS) Group Board of Directors, where she served on the executive committee and as chair of the legislative committee. She also previously chaired the APPA Advisory Committee of State and Regional Associations and Legislative and Resolutions Committee and sat on the Consumer Federation of America Board of Directors.
Thompson is a recipient of two APPA awards – the Alex Radin Distinguished Service Award (2023) and the Harold Kramer-John Preston Personal Service Award (2003). The Radin award is the highest award granted by APPA and recognizes exceptional leadership and dedication to public power.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Otterbein University. She was executive director of the Ohio Municipal Electric Association (OMEA) in a dual role with her AMP position from 1997-2020. Throughout her career, Thompson has worked closely with AMP members and advocated with state and federal policymakers on behalf of AMP and public power.