Coiya M. Tompkins, MBA, is president and CEO of Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC), based in Grand Forks, North Dakota. An award-winning business communicator and executive recognized for intentional leadership, Tompkins found her professional calling in nonprofit leadership and development. As president and CEO of CVIC, she oversees a team of more than 80 staff members, while managing an annual operating budget of more than $6 million. Her core responsibilities include the professional growth of her staff, business and donor development to ensure the organization’s financial health and readiness, and execution of the agency’s strategic plan: the Safer Tomorrows Road Map, a holistic approach to ending interpersonal violence in two generations.
An unwavering commitment to the work of CVIC and desire to extend its reach and impact led Tompkins to publish her first book in 2021. Titled “Two-Generation Guardians: Peacemakers Changing The Face Of Violence – For Good,” the book is a compilation of short stories showcasing the agency’s more than 40-year history working to eradicate violence in Grand Forks County and beyond.
Tompkins earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from North Dakota State University at Fargo and a master’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix. She is a member and past chair of the Grand Forks Downtown Rotary Club, member of the Grand Forks South Forks Lions Club, a member of the Grand Forks Police Department Citizen’s Academy Alumni Committee, a member of the Grand Forks/East Grand Forks Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee, a member of the Community Health Assessment Committee, and chair of North Dakota Legislative Committee of CAWS, a statewide coalition of 19 member programs that serve survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and educate students/professionals about prevention/intervention.
Tompkins, who never tires of hearing how CVIC team members, volunteers and donors have transformed people’s lives, says her work is rooted in the following quote: “A sign of a good leader is not how many followers you have, but how many leaders you create.” — Mahatma Gandhi