100 Women We Love Class of 2010

photo by Marianne Rafter
Jan Thompson

Jan Thompson embodies the classic New York lifestyle: a blend of professional ambition, political activism and creative expression. As a digital project manager at the international advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather, Thompson oversees online campaigns—you've probably clicked on some of her work. "Yes, I'm a 'mad woman,'" she laughs. "I enjoy overseeing the whole creative process, and working with the technologists that make it come to life." From 2002 to 2004 Thompson co-chaired Marriage Equality NY to convince the state to legalize same-gender marriage, which she believes is the best path toward full equality. An accomplished singer, Thompson is also member of Stonewall Chorale, the nation's first LGBT choir. "I had packed away the part of myself that loved to perform" while developing her career, she says. "It is such a joy to let my voice be heard after all these years. I love the people in the choir, especially our music director, Cynthia Powell. She's a task master when needed, but makes the whole experience very entertaining." –KL

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