Our Story

Bright Compass’s Founder and President Dallas Thompson learned firsthand the importance of HR policies and procedures as the Director of Operations in North Carolina on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016. Tasked with hiring and training over 400 staff members, she craved additional support, resources, and guidance on creating empowering, compliant, and inclusive campaign workspaces.

This experience and the takeoff of the #MeToo movement the following year motivated Thompson to found Bright Compass, together with advisors Dan Kanninen and Ally Coll. #MeToo didn’t just expose pervasive misconduct — it also made clear that existing workplace policies and practices have failed to root out the problem — and progressive campaigns are no exception.


Dallas Thompson

President and Founder

Dallas brings more than a decade of management and fundraising experience from both the political and nonprofit fields. Most recently, she was Hillary Clinton’s Operations Director in North Carolina, where she oversaw operations of a 400-strong team working to elect Democrats up and down the ticket. Dallas has also served as Finance Director for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, National Director of Fundraising Development for the Leadership for Educational Equity, and Development Director for the New Organizing Institute. Dallas is a proud AmeriCorps alumna, where she served as a Campus Civic Engagement Coordinator. In 2018, Dallas won the Women’s Information Network (WIN) Entrepreneurship for Good Award for her work with Bright Compass.


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Ally coll

Co-Founder and Advisor

Ally Coll is an attorney, veteran campaign staffer, and the current President of the Purple Campaign, a non-profit organization Coll co-founded in January 2018 to end workplace sexual harassment in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Coll has worked on numerous statewide political campaigns, serving as the Field Director for U.S. Senator Patty Murray’s (D-WA) successful 2010 re-election and U.S. Senator Tim Kaine’s (D-VA) successful 2012 campaign for Senate. After receiving her law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2016, she joined Hillary for America’s legal department in headquarters, where she oversaw national Election Day legal operations and the campaign’s volunteer lawyer program as the campaign’s Deputy National Voter Protection Director.


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Dan Kanninen, partner and CEO at STG, has spent more than 15 years in influential positions at all levels of government and politics, playing key roles in policy making, campaigns, and political management. He has advised presidential candidates, cabinet members, governors, major private sector CEOs, non-profits and coalitions, and foreign heads of state.