Hope Thomson joined the EFC as a project director in April 2022. She focuses on providing technical assistance to utilities, as well as researching barriers and solutions to increasing water service connections in underserved areas. She earned her B.S. from UNC Chapel Hill in 2015, after which she worked as a statewide outreach educator and program manager with Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. In 2021, she completed her master’s program in environmental public health and spent time during and immediately following her degree as a research assistant with both the North Carolina Collaboratory and the Center on Financial Risk in Environmental Systems. Outside of work, Hope enjoys reading, singing, baking, and time spent outside.