Randi Thompson

You have likely seen Randi Thompson on Nevada Newsmakers, heard on the radio, or read her column in the Reno Gazette Journal. Randi has been a media and government relations consultant since 1990 and active in the Reno community all her life.

Randi’s first job was in Washington DC where she was a President Reagan appointee at the Department of the Interior, doing Congressional Affairs for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

She moved to the Department of Energy where she lobbied Congress on behalf of the Reagan Administration in support of the Superconducting Super Collider, high-energy physics laboratory.  She was asked to stay on under the Bush Administration (the only person in the Department to be held over) to finish the appropriations process for the project.

She left government for the private sector and continued as a lobbyist for the Super Collider, representing Parson Brinkerhoff. She also lobbied on behalf of utility companies during the Clean Air Amendments of 1990.

During Randi’s last four years in DC, she was the Executive Director of the Industry Association for the Super Collider, lobbying Congress on behalf of the companies building the project.  Her clients included Westinghouse, Martin Marietta, General Dynamics, Gruman, Parsons Brinkerhoff, SAIC, Lockheed, and other Fortune 500 firms.  (The project was killed by Congress two years after Randi left DC.)

She returned to Nevada in 1992 and started a government and media relations business.  She has managed political campaigns, coordinated fundraisers, and was hired by UNR to create PACK PAWS, a women’s athletic booster organization.  She worked as the media & government affairs coordinator for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Reno for 5 years but chose to leave to run for the State Assembly in 2004.

Randi wears many hats.  She’s Associate Director for the Northern Nevada Network, an organization of CEO’s in Reno.   She is Nevada state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s largest grass roots organization representing small business.  Her primary role is lobbying for small business at the state legislature.  In addition she is an independent consultant to a variety of companies helping them grow their business, fix problems, or increase their stature in the community.

Randi has a BS in Journalism from the University of Oregon and is a graduate of Reno high school.

She is also very active in her community, giving her the opportunity to interact with the business leaders and decision-makers in Northern Nevada.  Her activities include the following:

Trustee on the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board (2005-2013)

Co-host of Nevada Newsmakers, a statewide political news show (2005 – present)

Board Member and Past President, Nevada Opera Association (2003-2013)

In the past, Randi has served as Executive Director of Nevada Gifted & Talented,  helped create PACK PAWS at UNR, and served on the boards of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Nevada and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.  She has run for the Nevada legislature, and has produced over a dozen concerts for her sister, Cami Thompson.

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