Profile by the Entrepreneur's Ship: A Social Entrepreneurs @ Work
John Hope Bryant is an American financial dignity and poverty eradication activist, "silver rights" leader, author and social entrepreneur. Bryant is the founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE (HOPE) and President and CEO of Bryant Group Companies.
In May 1992 Bryant founded HOPE following one of the worst riots in U.S. history, the Los Angeles riot. Operation HOPE is a nonprofit private banker for the working poor, the underserved and struggling middle class. HOPE has served more than (two) million people, has a volunteer base of more than 20,000 people and serves more than 300 U.S. cities, as well as South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.
In 2004 Bryant was named a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum where he co-created Global Dignity with fellow YGL members’ professor Pekka Himanen of Finland and HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway. As an YGL alumnus, Bryant serves on the Forum’s Global Agenda Council and proudly continues toward their goal to model a better world by 2030. In 2008 Bryant was appointed vice chairman of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy (PACFC) by President George W. Bush and continued this appointment work under President Barack Obama until the committee dissolved in 2013.