CAA South Coast taps Tommy Thompson as new executive director


The California Apartment Association is pleased to announce the hiring of government-affairs veteran Tommy Thompson as the South Coast Division’s new executive director.

Tommy Thompson

Tommy Thompson

Thompson, who joined CAA earlier this month, assumes responsibility for all CAA operations within the South Coast region, which includes Orange County and the cities of Long Beach and Signal Hill.

While Thompson’s duties are wide-reaching, he’ll mainly focus on advocating for the rental housing industry within the halls of local government.

No stranger to the nexus between public policy and business, Thompson’s most recent job included six years as director of government affairs for the Building Industry Association of Southern California’s Riverside County Chapter.

Thompson also has served as vice president of Miles property Preservation & Development and was a field representative in the California Assembly in the early 2000s.

He also brings a first-hand understanding of local government, having served as president of the Nuview Union School District Board of Trustees during a four-year term starting in 2008.

Tom Bannon, chief executive officer for CAA, and Melinda Graham, chairwoman of the South Coast Board of Directors, voiced confidence in Thompson’s ability to lead the division.

“The CAA South Coast Board of Directors and I are very pleased to have Tommy serve as our chief staff officer and represent the interests of the apartment industry before the numerous local governmental boards, councils and commissions throughout Orange County,” Graham said.

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