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MBA to city council

MBA alum defeats a longtime incumbent in Whittier City Council race.

May 25, 2018

Henry Bouchot ’17 MBA is a former U.S. Marine captain who served in Afghanistan, and an alumnus of Mount Saint Mary’s University’s MBA program. Suffice it to say that when he decided to run for public service this past year, he was not intimidated as a political newcomer going up against a longtime incumbent.

Henry Bouchot '17 MBA was elected to Whittier City Council in April 2018.
Henry Bouchot '17 MBA was elected to Whittier City Council in April 2018.

No, indeed. Today, Bouchot is the newest member of the Whittier City Council in Whittier, Calif. He won election on April 10, defeating an incumbent who had spent 36 years on the city council. The race was the latest way in which Bouchot has served his country and community. After his service in the Marines, Bouchot had already represented Whittier as a city social services commissioner.

A Sigma Beta Delta academic honor society member at the Mount, Bouchot earned his MBA in 2017 with a concentration in entrepreneurship. The veteran has since used what he’s learned to create a nonprofit tech startup that helps disabled veterans more easily access benefits.

“I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with an MBA when I enrolled at the Mount,” Bouchot said in a recent MBA program newsletter. “It wasn’t until I participated in Professor Patrick Millsap’s entrepreneurship concentration that I realized my calling. At that point, I was working at a nonprofit helping homeless veterans, but I felt there was more I could be doing for them. With the help of Professor Millsap and my classmates, I was able to birth my own initiative.”

Bouchot also put his MBA experience to use in his city council race. His campaign coordinated a comprehensive and coherent marketing push that included knocking on nearly 10,000 doors, calling residents to remind them to vote, sending out positive mailers about his candidacy and hosting several meet-and-greet events each week.   

To learn more about Bouchot’s election victory, read an article in the Whittier Daily News. To learn more about MSMU’s MBA program, visit www.msmu.edu/MBA.