Kevin E. Boucher is an accomplished leader who achieves high-performing results by recognizing that people are an organization’s greatest asset. Mr. Boucher has been able to successfully implement innovative strategies to turn around under-performing organizations in both the non-profit and business sectors. Throughout his career he has been a successful developer of people, able to inspire, motivate and lead others towards a common purpose while delivering measurable results.
Prior to joining Operation HOPE, Mr. Boucher served as a District Manager for Public Storage, Inc., overseeing a portfolio of properties in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, responsible for over $15 million in annual revenue.
As a strategic consultant, Mr. Boucher provided organizations such as California State University, Dominguez Hills, the Greater Los Angeles Special Olympics and MTV with strategic planning visions, mission statement development and short and long-term growth strategies designed to enhance revenue, raise awareness and provide operational excellence.
As Director of Projects for the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce (LAJCC), Mr. Boucher was responsible for the development and management of over 40 annual community service projects and events, as well as overseeing the LAJCC Charitable Foundation. Mr. Boucher was responsible for all aspects of project management including marketing and sponsorships, event operations, financial results, media and promotional activities, celebrity participation, community outreach and volunteer recruitment and training. Mr. Boucher produced and managed events for dignitaries including President William J. Clinton, President Ronald Reagan, Lady Margaret Thatcher and the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson.
While at the LAJCC, Mr. Boucher shepherded the growth of the L.A. Watts Summer Games into the largest high school athletic competition in the nation. At its peak of 16,000 athletes, the event was nearly twice the size of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Mr. Boucher was responsible for securing a long-term, title sponsorship agreement for the event from Pepsi, as well as multi-year, large-scale sponsorship agreements with NIKE, Nissan Motor Corp., NBC, Denny’s, AMGEN, Pioneer and the Los Angeles Times.
Out of these corporate partnerships, Mr. Boucher developed a scholarship program recognizing participants in the Games who were dedicated to community service. Sponsors stayed connected to each student throughout their college career, ultimately offering internships and jobs to many of the participants. Over $750,000 was awarded to deserving students dedicated to serving their communities.
As Director of Projects, Mr. Boucher leveraged his position to build a coalition of Los Angeles stakeholders to create mutually beneficial projects and partnerships throughout Los Angeles County. These included the Board of Supervisors, the Mayor’s Office, corporate partners, media outlets, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Unified School District, Parks and Recreation and non-profit organizations. Mr. Boucher would identify needs from the various sectors of the community and marshal the resources needed to implement change. Results from these partnerships ranged from turning blighted properties into movie studios and soccer fields, beautifying urban neighborhoods and creating Adopt-A-School partnerships. Mr. Boucher was also instrumental in securing the expansion of the Arthur Ashe Safe Passage Foundation to Los Angeles, which provided free tennis, education and esteem-building programs to young people in underserved communities.
Mr. Boucher was selected to serve as Co-Chair, Greater Los Angeles for the first Clinton/Gore presidential campaign. He successfully built a ground-up, grass roots organization that encompassed over 1,000 volunteers who delivered the highest targeted voter turnout in the state of California, delivering the state to Democrats for the first time since 1964. Mr. Boucher also served in leadership positions in presidential campaigns for Reverend Jesse Jackson, Michael Dukakis and Jimmy Carter.
As Director of Business Information and Economic Development for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Boucher was responsible for researching and providing economic data on the five-county Los Angeles area for Chamber members, governmental agencies, media outlets and the general public. Mr. Boucher researched and authored numerous publications to respond to national and international inquiries in regard to the Los Angeles community. Mr. Boucher developed a partnership with the Small Business Administration to provide free business counselling and assistance to minority entrepreneurs in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Mr. Boucher was elected to the Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council and served from 2007 to 2009. He also served on the Board of Directors of S.O.L.I.D., the fundraising arm of the LAPD Devonshire Division from 2006 to 2009.
Mr. Boucher has been featured in multiple profiles in the Los Angeles Times and numerous other local and national media outlets including NBC, CBS, CNN, MTV, USA Network and Nippon Television. He regularly served as a panelist for “Non-profits and the Media,” an annual event produced by NBC and the Los Angeles Times. He was also twice selected as “Staff Member of the Year” by the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Boucher resides in Granada Hills, California with his wife, Mary and their daughter Noelle.