Ms. Barbara Ryan Thompson, Director
Appointed: January 2014
Barbara Ryan Thompson is the executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) for Helios Education Foundation. As COO, she provides strategic direction to the Foundation, overseeing internal operations in addition to fostering external community and stakeholder relations. Prior to joining Helios, Ms. Ryan served six years with Southwest Student Services Corporation first as vice president and then as senior vice president and general counsel. Ms. Ryan was also previously an attorney in private practice at Snell & Wilmer, LLP, where she represented a number of corporate and public clients.
Active in her community, she currently serves on the boards of the US Airways Education Foundation, Tucson Values Teachers, Arizona Grantmakers Forum and Expect More Arizona.
Ms. Ryan Thompson received her Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law and her MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.