Marie-Josephine Mara Thompson(born 4 October 1961) is a Saint Lucian-born Barbadian politician, educator and widow of the sixth Prime Minister of Barbados, David Thompson, who died in office on 23 October 2010. Thompson won the special by-election to succeed her husband in the Saint John constituency on Thursday, 20 January 2011, holding the seat for the Democratic Labour Party.
Mara Thompson taught physical education at schools throughout the Caribbean and the United States between 1986 and 2005. She served on the faculties of the Owl School in Washington D.C.; the Immaculate Conception High and Prep Schools located in Kingston, Jamaica; Castries Comprehensive Secondary School in Saint Lucia; the Christ Church Foundation School and the Combermere School, both in Barbados. She worked as a paralegal at her husband’s law firm, Thompson & Associates, after receiving her paralegal certificate in 2007.