WHMC Board Member
Barbara Thompson is Main Street Director with the City of Lufkin since 2004. Prior to becoming the Main Street Director, Barbara served five years as Congressional Aid to U.S Congressman Jim Turner. She joined the Woodland Heights Board of Trustees in 2008.
As shown by her work in many areas of our community: liaison with Congressman Jim Turner’s office, the City of Lufkin’s Undoing Racism Task Force, the boards of the Salvation Army, United Way, and CASA, Barbara is dedicated to ensuring all people are represented in every aspect of life.
Barbara also serves as a member of the Angelina Rotary Club, the board of the Angelina Arts Alliance, Angelina Historical Commission, The East Texas Historical Association, Angelina Beautiful Clean, the Lufkin/Angelina Chamber of Commerce, and is a 2008 Leadership Lufkin Graduate. She is also a member of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators and the National 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, along with the Main Street Board, developing 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 and community organizations. Barbara serves as an advocate for downtown issues on local, state, and national levels.
Barbara is married to Tommy Thompson and they have four grown children, Tansi, Mario, Sidney and Gary. She is originally from Arkansas, where she graduated from Southern Arkansas University with a degree in Business Management.