Henri' Thompson is a community leader, teacher, entrepreneur, and policy advisor. He is a frequent speaker to business leaders, community groups, educational institutions, governmental agencies, and youth programs. His research explores diversity, equity, and inclusion with a variety of questions at the intersection of business, education, and technology.


Prior to joining the academy, Henri' served in leadership positions at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the U.S. House of Representatives Office of the Majority Whip, Maryland State Retirement and Pension System, and Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. 

Henri' earned a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University and a doctorate from Virginia State University. He was inspired to attend Virginia State University by Reginald F. Lewis who graduated from Virginia State in 1965 and was the first African American to build a billion-dollar business. Reginald F. Lewis was born on December 7th and was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity -- in which Dr. Thompson shares both membership in Kappa and a birthday -- with Mr. Lewis. 

Dr. Henri' Thompson advocates for more equity in education
Dr. Henri' Thompson celebrates Virginia Senate President Louise Lucas on being named Legislator of the Year by the Virginia Education Association
Dr. Henri' Thompson joins friends to support small businesses

Dr. Henri' Thompson