Michael Thatcher is a Technical Development Strategist who excels in using Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to facilitate social and economic change, as well as assisting public policymakers that support development through ICT. He has a strong technical background with architecture, design and implementation experience, leading teams with multiple cultures and effectively communicating and explaining complex concepts and ideas to audiences.
Currently, Mr. Thatcher is the President and CEO at Charity Navigator, the largest independent evaluator of U.S. based charities. At this role, he provides direction and leadership toward the achievement of the company’s philosophy and mission while managing all business affairs consistent with the vision and values of the organization. This helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities.
Previously, Mr. Thatcher spent 15 years at Microsoft, advancing from a Program Manager to Chief Technology Officer for the Public Sector of Asia. In addition, Mr. Thatcher has extensive Board experience. He previously represented Microsoft at the board level of the Distributed Management Task Force, and he currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Keystone Accountability.
Mr. Thatcher is a collaborative and demanding leader with extensive experience in the development, management and sales of information technology. He has had strong exposure to the worldwide Public Sector verticals across the Americas, EMEA and Asia, and he brings deep multicultural and multi-geography expertise wherever he goes. He is bilingual in English and French with an elementary proficiency in Spanish.
Mr. Thatcher earned his B.A. in Music from Columbia University.