Kenny Thompson, Jr. (MBA '18)
Senior Vice President and Chief Public Affairs Officer, Vail Resorts, Inc.
Kenny Thompson, Jr. is the SVP and Chief Public Affairs Officer at Vail Resorts, Inc. In this role, Thompson will oversee government relations, community relations, communications, sustainability and the company's social responsibility platform, EpicPromise.
Before joining Vail Resorts, Thompson worked in external affairs for PepsiCo, in Washington, DC, most recently as the company's Vice President of External Affairs focused on stakeholder engagement.
In 2020, Thompson was selected to serve on the Biden – Harris Transition as the Private Sector Liaison where he provided strategic and management oversight of the interaction with the private sector while managing relationships with Fortune 500 CEOs, Wall Street firms, venture-backed enterprises, and industry groups.
Kenny held several positions in the Obama White House, including Director of Message Events for Vice President Joe Biden, Senior Advisor to United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk, and Special Assistant and Advance Lead for President Barack Obama.
A native Texan, Kenny completed his undergraduate degree at Texas Christian University, where he was a proud member of the Horned Frog baseball team. He later earned a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University.