John Hope Bryant
John Hope Bryant is a ‘silver rights’ entrepreneur and businessman, author, thought leader, philanthropist and the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, Inc and Bryant Group Ventures. Bryant has been an advisor to the last three sitting U.S. presidents, whose work has been recognized by the last five (5) U.S. presidents.
John Hope Bryant became a businessman early in life with a modest, but life changing, $40 investment from his mother in his first business idea at the age of 10.
On February 26, 2014, Bryant was appointed by President Obama to serve on his new U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, focused on the next generation of young leaders.
Mr. Bryant is the only bestselling author on economics in the world today who happens to also be African-American. How The Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding The Path to the Middle Class (Barrett-Koehler) was selected as the Best Business Book for Economics & Finance for 2014 by 800-CEOREAD, the Best Business Book for Sustainability in 2014 by Business+Strategy, and as one of the Essence Magazine Top 10 Best Books for 2014.
Bryant is a TIME Magazine 50 (Leaders) for the Future (1994' cover story), and an Oprah's Angel Network award recipient.
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.
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 Magazine 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.
- Bryant is a former UN goodwill ambassador to the U.S., a partner with former U.S. President Clinton and his foundation teaching financial literacy, and working with HOPE global spokesman Ambassador Andrew Young, is bridging civil rights to silver rights.
- Bryant has received more than 500 awards and citations for his work to empower low-wealth communities including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Living Legacy Award, and was People Magazine’s “Community Hero,” on the 10th anniversary of the worst urban civil unrest in U.S. history.
- Mr. Bryant’s work has been recognized with the 11th ever John Sherman Award for Financial Education Excellence from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and has received National Community Service Awards from both Spelman College and Livingstone College, and the CUNY/Queens College President’s Award. The USC School of Social Work annually awards an endowed USC John Bryant Scholarship to a deserving student. Mr. Bryant has received an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters from Paul Quinn College of Dallas, Texas, and in April 2008, Bryant completed the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, Global Public Policy and Leadership , as a Young Global Leader.
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.’”
Published in 2009, Bryant is the author of business bestseller LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), which remained on the business bestseller list for a total of 18 months. Bryant was, at the time, the only bestselling business author in America who was African-American.
Published in 2014, How The Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class. The Solution for the 100% (Berrett-Koehler), has already been licensed for Arabic, Korean, Portuguese and Greek languages. The book has also been widely recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek, TIME Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Black Enterprise Magazine and Essence Magazine, and has been featured in numerous media interviews, including CNBC Squawk Box, CNBC On The Money, Fox Business News, and a host of others nationwide.
Bryant founded Operation HOPE, HOPE Global Forums, HOPE Global Initiatives, Operation HOPE, South Africa, Operation HOPE, Saudi Arabia, Operation HOPE, Morocco, Operation HOPE, United Arab Emirates, HOPE Inside, HOPE Business In A Box Academies, Banking on Our Future, Banking on Our Future, College Edition, HOPE Coalition America, DFRScore.org, EFFAK (Emergency Financial First Aid Kit for FEMA), Project 5117, 5 MILION KIDS Initiative, HOPE Corps, HOPE FILE Program, HOPE Office of Innovation, Research, & Assessment.
Bryant co-founded Wikia-HOPE Global Money Initiative, Gallup-HOPE Index and Global Dignity.
Bryant created Bryant Group Ventures, Bryant Group Companies, Bryant Speaks, Bryant Group Real Estate, Bryant Group Africa LLC, Bryant Group Motorsports Group (in development) and Bryant Group Racing (in development).
Bryant directly inspired the creation of the City of Los Angeles loan fund (Administration of Mayor Tom Bradley), financial literacy as U.S. federal government policy, circa 2008, (George W. Bush Administration), U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Entrepreneurship Education (George W. Bush Administration), emergency financial disaster preparedness, response and recovery federal policy framework for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA (George W. Bush Administration), commitments for 100+ local financial literacy councils across the U.S., and formalized the inclusion of FEMA into federal financial capability policy (a seat on the U.S. Financial Literacy & Education Commission for the Obama Administration).
Bryant co-founded The New Leaders organization (Los Angeles) and Just Brothers (Atlanta).
Mr. Bryant served U.S. President Barack Obama as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Underserved and Community Empowerment, and a Member of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability. In this role Bryant represented the broad interest of approximately 100 million American citizens who struggle at the margins. Under President Obama.
Prior to this, Mr. Bryant served U.S. President George W. Bush as Vice-Chairman of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, and Chairman of that Council Committee on the Underserved as well. Operation HOPE’s work led then President Bush to sign an Executive Order establishing financial literacy as federal policy for the first time in U.S. history.
Raised in Compton and South Central Los Angeles, California and homeless for 6-months of his life by age 18, John Hope Bryant has traveled to more than 100 countries, tirelessly promoting the virtues of hope, self-esteem, love leadership, dignity, empowerment and opportunity for all.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton described Mr. Bryant in his 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."
In his private business, Bryant leads Bryant Group Cos., and serves on the corporate board of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (ACRE), an NYSE publicly traded company and a division of $90 billion private equity firm Ares Capital Management. Bryant serves as chairman of the ACRE Compensation Committee.
Bryant also serves on advisory boards for the Gallup Government Leadership Academy, the Kaplan University Business School, and the Desmond Tutu Center. Bryant is also a regular contributor for the Huffington Post and LinkedIn Influencers.
Bryant is a former UN goodwill ambassador to the U.S., a partner with former U.S. President Clinton and his foundation teaching financial literacy, and working with HOPE global spokesman Ambassador Andrew Young, is bridging civil rights to silver rights.
Bryant has received more than 500 awards and citations for his work to empower low-wealth communities including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Living Legacy Award, and was People Magazine’s “Community Hero,” on the 10th anniversary of the worst urban civil unrest in U.S. history.
Mr. Bryant’s work has been recognized with the 11th ever John Sherman Award for Financial Education Excellence from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and has received National Community Service Awards from both Spelman College and Livingstone College, and the CUNY/Queens College President’s Award. The USC School of Social Work annually awards an endowed USC John Bryant Scholarship to a deserving student. Mr. Bryant has received an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters from Paul Quinn College of Dallas, Texas, and in April 2008, Bryant completed the Harvard University John K. Kennedy School of Government, Global Public Policy and Leadership Program, as a Young Global Leader.
In the backdrop of the Great Recession of 2009, Mr. Bryant joined Professor Klaus Schwab, founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum, Archbishop-Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Global Dignity co-founders HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland, for the closing session of the Annual ‘Davos’ Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on the subject “dignity for all.” Global Dignity is now active in 55 countries.
Connecting civil rights with a 21st century vision for silver rights, Operation HOPE operates its flagship HOPE Inside location at Ebenezer Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Ebenezer Church was Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.’s pastoral church, and the Center itself was built in honor of Martin Luther King, Sr. (Daddy King).
Mr. Bryant is a co-founder of Global Dignity, a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative, a founding member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, the founding curator of the Forum of Global Shapers, Atlanta Hub (World Economic Forum), a member of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, and a member of Ebenezer Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
John Hope Bryant was born on February 6, 1966, in Los Angeles, California, and resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, Professor Natasha Bryant.
Through Operation HOPE and its partners, Bryant is today responsible for more than $2 billion of private capital supporting low-wealth home ownership, small businesses, entrepreneurship and community development investments in under-served communities across the U.S. Operation HOPE operates on-the-ground partnerships in more than 300 U.S. cities, South Africa, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and has served more than 1.5 million clients, recruited and mobilized more than 22,000 HOPE Corps volunteers, enjoys more than 5,000 partners from government, community (including faith) and the private sector, and is the global leader in financial dignity.
Operation HOPE, founded as America’s first non-profit social investment banking organization immediately following the Rodney King Riots of 1992, in South Central Los Angeles, today operates as a global non-profit software company, specializing in the software of human development. Reverse engineering poverty.
- 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 
- Operation HOPE, http://www.operationhope.org/
- HOPE Global Forums, http://hopeglobalforum.org/
- HOPE Global Initiatives, http://www.operationhope.org/Global-Initiatives
- HOPE Inside, http://www.operationhope.org/hopeinside
- HOPE Business In A Box Academies, http://www.operationhope.org/business-in-a-box
- Banking on Our Future, http://www.operationhope.org/banking-on-our-future
- Banking on Our Future, College Edition, http://www.operationhope.org/college
- HOPE Coalition America, http://www.operationhope.org/hope-coalition-america
- Project 5117, http://www.operationhope.org/p5117
- HOPE Corps, https://www.operationhope.org/hopecorps
- HOPE FILE (Fellows, Interns & Loaned Executives) Program, http://www.operationhope.org/fellows
- HOPE Office of Innovation, Research & Assessment, http://www.operationhope.org/research-assessment
- Global Dignity, http://www.operationhope.org/global-dignity
- "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