Michael Henri' Thompson
Henri' Thompson is an educator, entrepreneur, speaker and strategist. He is the founder of The MHT Companies, a holding company that includes the Business + Education Partnership, MHT Strategies, H. Ventures, and MHT Philanthropies.
Thompson’s current research spans education and the economy, educational equity, entrepreneurship, race and American political institutions, the United States Congress and the impacts on policymaking and business opportunities.
A trusted advisor, Thompson made history when he became the first African American technology officer to a member of leadership in the United States House of Representatives where he worked with civil rights icon and U.S. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-South Carolina). Before Capitol Hill, he was the first African American Democratic nominee for the South Carolina House of Representatives District 36 and the first African American Democratic nominee for South Carolina Senate District 12.
Previously, Thompson 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, Thompson helped managed $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, Thompson 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, Thompson is a graduate of the South Carolina Public School System and Johns Hopkins University.