Sally Thompson has lived in Florida since she was nine years old. She received a B.A. in English from Hollins University in Virginia and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of South Florida, Tampa. She is retired from the City of Tampa, and has taught Environmental Resource Management as an Adjunct Professor at USF. She was a member of the Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District for over ten years.
Sally served on the Florida Greenways Commission, the Florida Greenways Coordinating Council, and was first Chair of the Florida Greenways & Trails Council. She was a founding member of the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation. She has served on the Tampa Greenways and Trails Citizens Advisory Committee, the Hillsborough Greenways Committee, the Hillsborough MPO Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and the Jan K Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection (ELAPP) Selection and General Committees. She is one of the founding members of the Tampa Bay Conservancy, a local land trust.