Maria Thompson

– Venture Partner

Maria Thompson is a Venture Partner for Arsenal.  Maria was President and CEO of T/J Technologies, Inc., a nationally recognized Michigan alternative energy company that she and her husband, Dr. Levi Thompson, co-founded in 1991.  T/J Technologies, Inc. was acquired by A123 Systems in 2006.  A123 Systems is one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-power lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles, hybrid electric and plug in hybrid vehicles and grid stabilization.   Maria ran the Government Solutions Group of A123 Systems after the acquisition until she retired from A123 in 2010. She and her team worked with The United States Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), The Department of Energy and other federal, state and county officials to secure grants and contracts to build the first lithium ion battery manufacturing facilities in Michigan.  Maria earned a Masters of Business Administration degree and a Bachelors of Fine Arts  (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  Prior to starting T/J Technologies, Ms. Thompson worked in industrial design at Steelcase and in marketing at IBM.

Maria and her husband, Levi, have two daughters and a Golden Retriever/Chow dog.  She enjoys traveling, creating fine art, biking, volunteering and spending time with her family.  She is passionate about mentoring young career women and encouraging young entrepreneurs.

Current/Former Director Roles:  Maria is Chairwoman of NextEnergy’s Board of Directors.  She became a Director of the Reko International Group, a Canadian public company in 2016. She is a member of the University of Michigan Technology Transfer National Advisory Board, the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Zell Lurie Institute Advisory Board, and Old National Bank’s Michigan Market Board. She served for 6 years on the Advanced Technology Advisory Board for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and is a former member of several non-profit organization boards.