Bachelor in Diplomacy and World Affairs, Occidental College, 1959. Master of Arts in International Relations, Occidental College, 1960. Master of Science in Economics, Stanford University, 1965.
Doctor of Philosophy in Economics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1977.
Assistant professor economics California State University, Los Angeles, 1965-1968. Visiting associate professor University Southern California, 1979. Instructor University of California at Los Angeles, 1981-1982.
Staff economist The Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, California, 1973-1982. Assistant director for strategy, White House Office of Policy Development Executive Office of the President, 1982-1983. Expert economist Office Regulatory Analysis, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, United States Department of Labor, 1983-1985.
Director of Studies in Public Policy and Associate Professor of Political Economy, School of Business Management Chapman University, 1985-1987. Adjunct professor School Business Management Pepperdine University, 1987-1988. President Hispanic-American Public Policy Institute, 1984-1990.
Associate professor finance School Business Administration, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 1988-1990. Member Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, 1990-1997. Consultant on regulatory and economic policy, since 1997.
Consultant Urban Institute, 1974, Mexican-American Study Project University of California at Los Angeles, 1966, Graduate and Professional Fellowships to the Office of Post Secondary Education, United States Department Education. Editorial referee Contemporary Policy Issues, Economic Inquiry, Policy Analysis, Journal Economic Literature. Discussion leader American Assembly on Relations Between the United States and Mexico.
President delegate White House Conference on Aging, 1981. Reader of 1988 proposals for the United States Dept Education for the Improvement and Reform of Schools and Teaching. Research participant United States Department Education Delphi Assessment of Drug Policies for Use in Minority Neighborhoods, 1989.
Member Hispanic advisory panel National Commission for Employment Policy, 1981-1982. Lecturer Brookings Institute Seminars for United States Business Leaders. Board advisory Close-Up Foundation, 1982-1983.
Discussant Western Economic Association Meetings, 1985, 93. Board advisory National Rehabilitation Hospital, 1991-1994. National executive advisory board Harvard Journal Hispanic Policy, 1993-1995.
Reader proposals for Hispanic Serving Institutions, United States Department Education, 2001-2004. Regional panel to select White House Fellows, since 2002, honorary council University California Press, since 2007.
Member census advisory committee on hispanic population for 1990 census, 1988—1993. Member advisory committee Senate Republican Conference Task Force on Hispanic Affairs, Washington, since 1991. Board regents University California, 1994—2005.
Program review committee Los Alamos (New Mexico) National Laboratory. Member steering committee GetSmarter.org, 1998—1999. Member outreach advisory board University California, 1998—2005, member council friends Bancroft Library.
Berkeley, since 2005. Commissioner California Postsecondary Education Commission, 2000—2001, 2004—2005. Member American Council Trustees and Alumni, Institute Effective Governance Advisory Board, since 2003, White House Fellows Regional Selection Panel, 2002—2009.
Chairperson United States Commission Civil Rights, since 2009, member California state advisory committee, 2009. Member American Society for Testing and Materials (committee on research and technical planning 1985-1987), American Economic Association (session chair annual meetings 1995), National Council Hispanic Women (president since 1997), American Society Hispanic Econimists, State Bar of California, California State Bar Court (executive committee 1987-1989, disciplinary board 1986-1989), Western Economic Association, Industrial Research Institute for Pacific Nations (advisory board 1988-1989), Salesian Boys and Girls Club (board directors since 1989), Veterans in Committee Service (advisory committee 1989-1994), Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Phi Alpha Theta.
Married Earl A. Thompson. 1 child, Bret L. Thompson.