T’Noya Thompson

… was born and raised in the Bahamas, which fostered a deep connection to the ocean that inspired a career path at an early age for T’Noya. She began her career at Moody Gardens in the Animal Care Department, where she served several roles including, connecting with communities in various capacities for twelve years. After Moody Gardens, she worked at Galveston Bay Foundation for two and a half years as the Advocacy Programs Manager. There she educated and encouraged action to improve the overall health of Galveston Bay, Texas’ largest estuary. T’Noya is Manager of Research, Evaluation, and eeBLUE at the North American Association for Environmental Education. In this role, she works with various partners on eeBLUE, eeWORKS, eeRESEARCH, and developing eeVAL, an evaluation portal with Duke University.

Additionally, she serves as a Community Learning Leader for Miami University’s Project Dragonfly’s Global Field Program, the Board Chair for the Vermilion Sea Institute, and is currently in Class Eight of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders Program. T’Noya is also a member of the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation governing council-Science Committee, serves on the Advisory Council for A Rocha USA, and serves as an advisor for the AZA Conservation Education Committee.

T’Noya holds a B.S. in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston and an M.A. in Biology from Miami University through Project Dragonfly’s Global Field Program. This August, she will pursue a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership at Southeastern University. She is passionate about wildlife, environmental education, and supporting conservation and equity through community engagement. In her spare time, she enjoys growing in her faith, spending time with her wonderful family, meeting new people, and exploring when traveling.