Ed Bryant brings over fifteen years of expertise developing and executing effective strategic and integrated stakeholder engagement, communications and public affairs, and minority economic inclusion solutions for a variety of for-profit and nonprofit organizations. A hallmark of his work has been designing and delivering strategic communications, community/public engagement, and social/racial equity programs that are integrated with the goals and objectives of an organization.
From 2014 to 2016, Bryant served as President of the St. Louis Minority Business Council (SLMBC) where his accomplishments included the negotiation of a successful merger of SLMBC operations with St. Louis Regional Chamber and re-establishment of the SLMBC as a regional thought leader on supplier diversity and economic equity. From 2011 to 2014, Bryant led the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership’s (SLEDP) Economic Development Collaborative. Under his direction, the SLEDP completed the first ever Economic Development Strategic Plan for St. Louis City and County and led numerous other initiatives.
Bryant remains actively engaged in the St. Louis community and volunteers his time with numerous community-based organizations. In addition, he has held leadership positions with several St. Louis nonprofit and voluntary/community-based associations, including the Coro Leadership Center of St. Louis and the United Way of Greater St. Louis, where he serves on the Community Investment Committee, Co-Chairs the Racial Equity Lens Ad Hoc Committee and is a Board member of the Tri-County Auxiliary Board.
Bryant holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Memphis and a Master’s degree in public policy from Regent University. In addition, he has completed graduate level coursework in policy development and urban planning at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.