Henri' Thompson is an advisor to and founder of The MHT Companies, a strategic holding company.
As a researcher, his academic work examines a variety of questions at the intersection of education and technology policy, organizational diversity, equity and inclusion and the impacts of policymaking on business opportunities and communities of color.
An experienced and widely respected legislative and public affairs advisor, Henri' made history when he became the first African American Democratic nominee for the South Carolina House of Representatives District 36. Later, he served as the first African American technology officer to a member of leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives where he worked with civil rights icon and House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn. After Capitol Hill, he was the first African American Democratic nominee for South Carolina Senate District 12, a district that included the United States headquarters for BMW Manufacturing and Michelin North America, Inc.
Previously, Henri' served as an advisor to a private equity firm where he provided capital to entrepreneurs and small businesses. As the associate director of community affairs at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he strengthened Johns Hopkins relationship with the community by expanding programs across minority business contracting, neighborhood outreach, staff diversity, and volunteer engagement. At the State of Maryland as the Deputy Director of External Affairs, Henri' helped manage $36 billion in assets and secured the retirement benefits of active and former state employees, teachers, state police, judges, and law enforcement members.
On Wall Street at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Henri' helped maintain the stability of the nation's banking system. In the classroom, he increased students test scores, narrowed the racial academic achievement gap, and encouraged more students of color to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Born and raised in South Carolina and a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Henri' is a graduate of the South Carolina public school system and Johns Hopkins University.