John Hope Bryant
John Hope Bryant (born February 6, 1966) is an American financial literacy and poverty eradication activist, and "silver rights" entrepreneur. Bryant is the founder, chairman and CEO of nonprofit Operation HOPE, member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, and co-founder of Global Dignity. He is a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders for the World Economic Forum, and a place on the Forum’s Global Agenda Council He served as the vice chair on the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy and as the chairman of the Committee on the Underserved.
Bryant was born on February 6, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, and raised primarily in Compton, and in the South Central area of Los Angeles, by parents Juanita Smith and Johnnie Will Smith. Bryant graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1984. Later in life, on May 8, 2004 he received an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Human Letters from Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas, for his work around education and poverty eradication.
Bryant became the first African-American in history to be knighted by German nobility and the royal House of Lippe in 1998.
On January 22, 2008, Bryant was appointed vice-chairman of the President’s Council on Financial Literacy by U.S. President George W. Bush.
Bryant continued with this work under President Barack Obama as part of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability (PACFC). President Obama signed Executive Order 13530 on January 29, 2010, creating the Council to assist the American people in understanding financial matters and making informed financial decisions, and thereby contribute to financial stability. He was appointed chairman of the new Subcommittee on the Underserved and Community Empowerment for the PACFC in January 2012.
Honors and awards
- On December 5, 1994, Bryant was selected by TIME Magazine as “One of America’s 50 Most Promising Leaders of the Future,” as part of their 50 for the Future cover story.
- On March 6, 2005, Bryant received the Crystal Heart Award from the USC School of Social Work for his work in community service.
- February 8th, 2010, Latvian President Valdis Zatlers received John Hope Bryant on behalf of the Republic of Latvia as the second speaker for the Latvia Presidential Speaker Series at Latvia University, on the topic of “The Economic Reset, Love Leadership in a fear-based world, and financial literacy as a new civil right.”
- In December, 2010, Newsmax Magazine named Bryant, for his work at Operation HOPE, as one of their 2010 Heroes; a list that includes former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, First Lady Michelle Obama, amongst others.
- On October 7th, 2011, The Root named Bryant to its 2011, The Root 100 List of Influencers and Iconoclasts.
- On November 5th, 2011, Operation HOPE and Bryant received the Marcus Garvey Bridge Builder in the Diaspora Award during the 16th Annual Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference in Jamaica.
- On March 31, 2012, Bryant received the Leaders and Legends Award from the California Black Chamber of Commerce at their annual conference in Sacramento, California.
- April 2012, Bryant agreed to serve as a Working Group Advisor to CGI America for the Clinton Global Initiative and former U.S. President William Jefferson Clinton.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton described Mr. Bryant in his recent bestselling book GIVING  saying, “John Bryant is a 41 year-old whirlwind of ideas and action. Lean, intense, focused, and completely positive in his belief in the potential of poor people to prosper, with ‘a hand up and not a hand out.’”
- On January 29, 2010, Bryant was selected to become a part of President Barack Obama's Advisory Council on Financial Capability.
- In September 2008, Bryant was selected to be a member of the Global Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland.
- On June 13, 2004, Bryant became a Presidential appointee when U.S. President George W. Bush appointed him to a 4-year term on the non-partisan U.S. Community Development Advisory Board  for the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, or (CDFI Fund), at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
- Bryant became the first African-American in history to be knighted by German nobility and the royal House of Lippe in 1998.
- Bryant is the namesake of the "John Bryant Scholarship in Urban Social Development", a permanent scholarship fund at the USC School of Social Work.
- How the Poor Can Save Capitalism Bryant, John Hope Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2014, ISBN 978-1-626-56032-1
- Love Leadership:The New Way To Lead In A Fear-Based World Bryant, John Hope Jossey-Bass, 2009, ISBN 0-470-42878-3, ISBN 978-0-470-42878-8
- Actions Speak Loudest: Keeping Our Promise For A Better World  McKinnon, Robert, Williams, Juan The Lyon Press, 2009, ISBN 978-1-59921-486-3, ISBN 1-59921-486-5
- Banking on our Future: a Program for Teaching You and your Kids about Money by Bryant, Beacon Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-8070-4717-0
- Silver Rights Movement Book Series
- Dignity in the Middle East 
- Fixing the Jericho Road: The Silver Rights Movement and the Good Samaritan 
- Silver Rights Movement in Africa 
- The Wealthless Power 
- The Ownership Society 
- Racism and the Silver Rights Movement 
- Banking on Our Future: The Promise for America’s Unbanked 
- The Silver Rights Movement 
- Leave No Community Behind 
- Financial Literacy
- "Operation HOPE, inc". Operationhope.org. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- Michael Barr. "President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability". Whitehouse.gov. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- "Global Dignity". Global Dignity. 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- World Econmic Forum[dead link]
- Forum’s Global Agenda[dead link]
- U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy[dead link]
- "Operation HOPE founded on May 5, 1992". Operationhope.org. 1992-04-29. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- "John Bryant Selected as one of 237 Leaders". Findarticles.com. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- "John Hope Bryant knighted by Germany nobility and the royal House of Lippe in 1998". Operationhope.org. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- "The President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability". The White House. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
- "Giving by Bill Clinton". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- Global Agenda Council[dead link]
- "U.S. Community development Advisory Board". Cdfifund.gov. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- "Keeping Our Promise For A Better World". Actions Speak Loudest. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- Banking on Our Future Bookv by John HOPE Bryant. Books.google.com. 2002-04-11. ISBN 978-0-8070-4717-0. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- "Silver Rights Series". Johnhopebryant.com. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- "Dignity in the Middle East". Johnhopebryant.com. 2008-11-30. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- "''Fixing the Jericho Road: The Silver Rights Movement and the Good Samaritan". Johnhopebryant.com. 2007-06-23. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- "Silver Rights Movement in Africa". Johnhopebryant.com. 2006-12-30. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- "The Wealthless Power". Johnhopebryant.com. 2005-06-06. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- "The Ownership Society". Johnhopebryant.com. 2006-02-23. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- "Racism and the Silver Rights Movement". Johnhopebryant.com. 2005-02-09. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- "Banking on Our Future: The Promise for America’s Unbanked". Johnhopebryant.com. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- "The Silver Rights Movement". Johnhopebryant.com. 2005-03-14. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- "Leave No Community Behind". Johnhopebryant.com. 2005-03-16. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- The New Color of Success: Twenty Young Black Millionaires Tell You How They're Making It, by Niki Butler Mitchell, Prima Lifestyles (December 15, 1999), ISBN 978-0-7615-2065-8
- Face Forward: Young African American Men in a Critical Age, by Julian C.R. Okwu, Chronicle Books (March 1, 1997), ISBN 978-0-8118-1631-1