Mike O’Bryan

The Village of Arts and Humanities

Michael O’Bryan is widely recognized as an expert practitioner and thought leader in the fields of community development, organizational culture, and human wellbeing. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Learning at The Village of Arts and Humanities, a nonprofit headquartered in North Philadelphia. He is currently a Corzo Fellow at The Corzo Center for The Creative Economy at The University of the Arts, and an Innovation Fellow at Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, in support of a startup venture: HD2 Solutions. HD2 Solutions works with organizations and their employees to transform how they understand and support human development, interaction, and performance. Past clients include: NeighborWorks America, ArtistYear, The District 1199c Training and Upgrading Fund, and Saxbys Coffee. O'Bryan is also on faculty in the Career Studies Department at The Curtis Institute of Music and serves on The American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Commission on The Arts. O’Bryan has spent more than a decade working directly with underserved populations —including veterans, adults in recovery, returning citizens, and families experiencing homelessness—and as a consultant and advisor for multiple nonprofits, businesses, and local government agencies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of the Arts and a graduate certificate in Childhood Trauma Studies from Jefferson University. O’Bryan speaks to audiences nationwide about his work, including convenings hosted by Cornell University, The Urban Consulate, The Vera List Center for Arts and Politics at The New School, The Sphinx Music Conference, and the famed Apollo Theatre in New York. He currently serves on the boards of two philanthropic institutions, The Samuel S. Fels Fund and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and continues to be inspired by exploring the science of our humanity. 

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