Margita Thompson is currently Vice President of Communications for California Resources Corporation (CRC), the state’s largest independent oil and natural gas producer. Thompson leads a team charged with unprecedented community and media engagement. Previously Thompson was Vice President, External Communications for Disney Consumer Products (DCP) leading PR teams spanning Disney Publishing, The Disney Stores and DCP Licensing, the world’s largest licensor. Prior, she was Vice President for Corporate Communications and Latino Programs Officer at Health Net Inc.
Thompson served as Press Secretary for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger during his first term. Prior to joining the Schwarzenegger administration, Thompson served as the Political Producer for Larry King Live in Washington, D.C., then CNN’s highest-rated, award-winning political news program.
Before working for CNN, Thompson worked at the White House in the Office of the Vice President as Press Secretary to Mrs. Lynne Cheney. She was also the California Press Secretary for Bush for President during the 2000 election, serving as the principal contact for California-based and Spanish language media.
Thompson also served as Vice President for Public Strategies Inc. in Texas, where she focused on Mexican government and politics, telecommunications and the California market.
Thompson received an Emmy in 2010 as a political analyst with the KCAL/ CBS team for 2010 election night political coverage. Hispanic Business Magazine named Thompson one of its 2010 Corporate Elite, and she is a fellow at USC’s Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics. Thompson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. She graduated with her Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she was named the Parker Montgomery Fellow for distinguished leadership in California.