John Hope Bryant

John Hope Bryant

U.S President's Advisory Council. Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Operation HOPE.

A TIME Magazine 50 (Leaders) for the Future (1994’ cover story), and an Oprah's Angel Network award recipient, John Hope Bryant is an entrepreneur, author, advisor, and one of the nation's recognized empowerment leaders.

Homeless for six-months of his life at age 18; Bryant has built successful for-profit enterprises and best-in-class non-profit organizations with global impact. He has helped form financial literacy-to-entrepreneurship federal public policy for the U.S. federal government, working under both Democratic and Republican U.S. Presidents.

Mr. Bryant is founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE, and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Widely published, Bryant is the only bestselling business author in America today who is African-American.

Mr. Bryant is the co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index, the only national research poll on youth economic energy in the U.S. He is also a co-founder of Global Dignity with HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland. Global Dignity, now active in 55 countries, is affiliated with the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the World Economic Forum. Mr. Bryant was a founding member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, and a founding member of Clinton Global Initiatives (CGI). Mr. Bryant is a thought leader represented by the Bright Sight Group for public speaking internationally.

Mr. Bryant serves on the board of directors of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (NYSE: ACRE), a publicly traded specialty finance company that is managed by an affiliate of Ares Management LLC, a global alternative asset manager with $60 billion in committed capital under management as of December 31, 2013.

Connecting civil rights with a 21st century vision for silver rights, Operation HOPE built its flagship HOPE Inside at Ebenezer Church in Atlanta, Georgia in 2010. Ebenezer Church was Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.’s pastoral church, and the Center itself was built in honor of Martin Luther King, Sr.