Bryan is a national leader in youth engagement holding expertise in organizational development, campaign development, communications, and leadership development. He received his Masters in Public Administration, Nonprofit Management, and Policy from NYU Wagner School of Public Service. He is the founder and former Executive Director of Ignite NC/Ignite NC Action Fund, as well as part of the founding team of the Southern Vision Alliance. These NC-based organizations have become national models for youth engagement, including two feature case studies on their best practices for youth civic engagement. Bryan has more than a decade of grassroots organizing and campaign experience. From 2012-2014 he was the communications and development director for the Youth Organizing Institute – where he was able to help win policy change around school discipline.
Bryan has appeared on Chris Matthews on MSNBC, MTV, and PBS regarding racial justice and voting rights. He was a successful plaintiff in a 2016 lawsuit challenging NC gerrymandering. He was the winner of the 2016 Mario Savio Youth Activist award hosted at Berkeley. He was the commencement speaker at the 2014 NC State University graduation for the non-profit studies department. Bryan served for two years on the steering committee of SOLVE (Southern Leaders on Voter Engagement) and was previously on the advisory board of LaunchProgress PAC. He is on the board of the Cypress Fund, The Southern Vision Alliance, and the membership board for the Southern Partners Fund. Bryan is a graduate of NC State University, where he received a BS in business administration and a minor in nonprofit studies.
Bryan currently resides in Durham, NC where he loves to host brunch and spoil his dog.