Michael Thatcher

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Michael Thatcher


President and CEO, Charity Navigator


Glen Rock, NJ


Since August of 2015 Michael provides direction and leadership at Charity Navigator as they strive to guide intelligent giving and advance a more effective and responsive philanthropic marketplace in which donors and the charities they support work in tandem to overcome the world’s most persistent challenges.

Prior to joining Charity Navigator Michael spent more than 15 years with Microsoft, the last 10 of which as their Public Sector Chief Technology Officer (CTO) responsible for technology policy initiatives and engagements with government and academic leaders in Asia, the Middle-East and Africa. Based in Singapore from 2010-15, he led a team of nationally focused CTOs and technical development strategists across greater Asia.

Over the years Michael has held various board seats within the nonprofit sector focused on humanitarian issues, the arts, the environment and information technology standards development. His experiences also include technically supporting oceanographic research for Wood Hole Oceanographic Institution and co-founding and directing the international performing arts organization, Dance Music Light. He holds several patents in enterprise systems management and has a degree in Music from Columbia University in New York. He sums up his career choices in life as: “Follow your heart. Use your head. Make a difference!”

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