John Bouldry was born in Boston, Massachusetts and was raised in Monterey, California. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

Councilmember Bouldry served 29 years active duty as a Marine Corps officer retiring as a Colonel and was employed by Booz, Allen, Hamilton as a Principal for the Marine Corps practice.

Councilmember Bouldry and his wife Nancy moved to Pinehurst in 2006.