Antoine Maurice Thompson is a native of Buffalo, New York. He graduated from Buffalo Public Schools #61, #60, and Bennett High School. A graduate of SUNY Brockport with a dual bachelors’ degree in History and African and Afro-American Studies, Thompson also studied at the University of Ghana in Ghana, West Africa. Antoine is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from Medaille College. He is a graduate of the 2001 Class of Leadership Buffalo.
A staunch advocate for the people and small business, Antoine began his career in public service as a Legislative Assistant for the Buffalo Common Council Central Staff. There he conducted legislative research and presented recommendations for Affirmative Action policies and minority business development. He was later appointed Executive Director of the Office of Urban Initiatives, Inc. (OUI) an economic development corporation focused on minority and women-owned business development and various urban policy issues.
On January 4, 2001, Antoine was unanimously appointed to the Buffalo Common Council representing the Masten District. He served on the Common Council for 5 years. His varying leadership positions included serving as a the Chair of the Civil Service Committee, Chair of the Community Development Committee, the Chair of the Committees on Education and the Chair on the Committee on Minority and Women Business Enterprise.
Antoine served as one of the New York State Senators representing Buffalo for four years. Thompson was re-elected to the NY Senate in 2008 and quickly assumed additional leadership responsibilities as the Senate’s Deputy Majority Whip, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation and Co-Chair of the Senate’s Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) Taskforce.
In April 2015 Antoine M. Thompson became the Executive Director of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) the largest organization of African-American real estate professionals in the United States.
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