Barbara Thompson has been Main Street Director with the City of Lufkin since 2004. Prior to becoming the Main Street Director, Barbara served five years as a Congressional Aid for U.S. Congressman Jim Turner.
Barbara is a native of Arkansas where she earned her Business Degree from Southern Arkansas University.
She is a graduate of Leadership Lufkin and is active in the community where she is a member of the Rotary Club and serves on the board of the United Way, Angelina Arts Alliance, Angelina Beautiful Clean, Lufkin Tourist and Convention Bureau, the City of Luficin’s Undoing Racism Task Force, Angelina Historical Commission and is a member of the LufkinlAngelina Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators and the National Trust Main Street.
As Main Street Director, Barbara is responsible for coordinating the activity of the Main Street program committees, managing administrative aspects of the program, developing, along with the Board, appropriate downtown revitalization strategies, ongoing public awareness and education programs. She also assists business and property owners with property improvement projects while encouraging a cooperative climate with other downtown or community organizations. Barbara serves as an advocate for downtown issues on local, state and national levels.