Elsie Wilson Thompson


Elsie Wilson Thompson’s civic interests include youth services, education and the arts. She is a founding board member and past president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia, and a board member of the historic Paramount Theater of Charlottesville, the Piedmont Virginia Community College Foundation, the Virginia Chamber Music Foundation and the Foundation of the State Arboretum at UVA’s Blandy Experimental Farm. She is on the Advisory Board of the Fralin Museum at UVA and is co-chair of the Schools & Scholarships Committee of the Harvard Club of Charlottesville. For many years she has served as an intermediate application reader for the Ron Brown Scholars Program. She is a graduate of UVA Law School (J.D. ’75) and Radcliffe College (A.B.’72). After practicing antitrust and corporate law in New York City and Houston, she moved with her family to Charlottesville, where she has been involved in a number of entrepreneurial ventures and nonprofit organizations. While at UVA Law, she coached the first two racing seasons of the UVA women’s crew, and for more than a dozen years helped manage the Boys & Girls Clubs’ summer tennis program in Charlottesville. She and her husband, W. McIlwaine Thompson, Jr., have four grown children.