Sonya Thompson is the Assistant Director of the Information, Policy, & Public Affairs Division. Ms. Thompson began her career with the Bureau of Prisons in 1992, through the Attorney General's Honors Program. She served in positions of increasing responsibility within the agency including Assistant General Counsel with the Office of General Counsel, Senior Congressional Affairs Specialist in the Office of Congressional Affairs, and Chief of the Information Technology (IT) Planning and Development Branch in the Office of Information Technology. In 2005, Ms. Thompson was appointed Deputy Assistant Director for IPPA, then later Senior Deputy Assistant Director and BOP Chief Information Officer. She officially assumed the position as Assistant Director of the IPPA Division on December 15, 2019.
As the Assistant Director, Sonya Thompson oversees the agency's IT program, including IT systems development and support, information security, management of the agency's public and intranet sites, and correctional security technology. Additionally, she has oversight of other functions within the agency, including public affairs, legislative affairs, policy development, records management, research, and communications and archives. She also serves as the agency's Senior Component Official for Privacy and is a member of the Advisory Policy Board of the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division.
Ms. Thompson received her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and her Juris Doctor degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She is an IAPP-certified privacy professional in the areas of U.S. government (CIPP/G) and technology (CIPT). She has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since 2012.