Sir Jose Bright
Vice President & Senior Consultant
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Prior to joining GCN as a senior consultant and vice president, Sir José Bright spent 20 years living and working on the African continent, where he served as director of Bright Group Management Services, a South Africa-based management consulting firm established in 1999.
José’s areas of expertise include strategic management and change management, people-centered community development, thought leadership and personal branding, executive coaching, management development, entrepreneurial development, diversity and conflict management, human resource development and management, organizational development, project management, and racial equity and inclusion.
Through his international consulting work, José has provided technical support for all levels of government in South Africa, regional organizations like the Southern African Development Community and the Media Institute of Southern Africa, as well as continental organizations such as the Pan African Parliament, the African Capacity Building Foundation, the New Partnership for Africa's Development, and Africa’s Lawyers Without Borders. José has also worked with a range of organizations in the international donor community, including USAID, CIDA, SIDA, GIZ, DFID, Danida, UNDP, The African Capacity Building Foundation, and the World Bank.
In addition, José has authored high school business studies textbooks endorsed by the Wits Business School for Macmillan Publishing, spent 15 years lecturing part-time at the University of the Witwatersrand, and has been a frequent and popular guest lecturer at both the Wits Business School and the University of Johannesburg. He has also supervised interns from the University of Johannesburg placed with community development organizations, and tutored South African government officials participating in masters programs at the University of London's Centre for Financial & Management Studies and Centre for Education in Economics and Finance.
Based in his consulting work with national and provincial departments of education in South Africa, José founded Teboho Trust in 2001 to support orphan and vulnerable children and adolescents in Soweto, South Africa, as well as their caregivers, through a people-centered supplemental educational platform with a small business development/incubation component. This highly successful and sought-after program is supported, owned, and managed by the community, and receives continuous international acknowledgement and acclaim.
José is a former member of the University of Johannesburg Advisory Board on Community Engagement, and a founding member and board member of Amazing Grace African Church of God. He has also been a mentor for the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, and a fellow in the Gordon Institute of Business Science ImagiNation program for senior leaders in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
A prolific public speaker, José has delivered numerous keynote addresses and talks both locally and internationally in the areas of authentic and strategic leadership, thought leadership, social enterprise, community development, global education, poverty in the 21st Century, the democratization of Africa, and the continent’s strategic participation in globalization. He has given a TEDx Talk in Grand Rapids, ad delivered TED-like talks at Kennesaw State University, Rutgers University, and Solano Community College in Northern California, covering asset-based community development, the power of volunteerism, and social enterprise. He has also been interviewed by ABC’s Nightline for his humanitarian efforts in South Africa, by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism on his community development work, by Georgia Tech’s WREK-FM, and others.
Here in Georgia, José has been a guest lecturer at Morehouse College, discussing the politics and socioeconomics of 21st century poverty in America; an advisory board member to the Clark Atlanta University Department of Public Administration; a Friend of the Andrew J. Young Foundation; and a Boys and Men of Color Advisory Council member for the Foundation Center South and The Annie E. Casey Foundation.
José is a Knight of Honor in the Orthodox Order of St. John Russian Grand Priory, the oldest Christian humanitarian order in the world (dating back to AD 1046), which is under the spiritual protection of the Russian Orthodox Christian Church and the imperial protection of the Royal House of Romanov. He received a BA in political science and Spanish literature from Loyola Marymount University, and a JD in law from Loyola Law School, both in Los Angeles. When he previously resided in the USA, he was licensed to practice law by both the Supreme Court of the State of California and the Court of Appeals in Washington, DC.
Prior to 1995, José served in senior appointed positions in government (in both the legislative and executive branches), as well as in a government think tank, the private sector, and several public boards and commissions in Washington, DC.
“The team led by Sir José Bright has shepherded Andrew J. Young Foundation through a holistic evaluation and strategic planning process, enabling each of us to see our vision clearly, and ensuring we can achieve it. Incorporating the elements they imparted has made us stellar stewards of our resources, rewarding all our stakeholders: the people we serve, our donors and investors, and our board and staff.”
— Kathy White, Executive Director, Andrew J. Young Foundation