Founder, Principal, and CEO
Bryan Strawser is Founder, Principal, and CEO at Bryghtpath LLC, a strategic advisory firm he founded in 2014. He has more than twenty-five years of experience in the areas of global enterprise risk management, business continuity, disaster recovery, crisis management, intelligence, and crisis communications.
At Bryghtpath, Bryan leads a team of experts that offer strategic counsel and support to the world’s leading brands, public sector agencies, and nonprofit organizations to strategically navigate uncertainty and disruption.
Bryan previously worked for Target Corporation where he built and led the retailer’s Global Crisis Management, Business Continuity, and Global Intelligence function. The work of Bryan and his team at Target was recognized through numerous awards from FEMA, the International Association of Emergency Managers, and the Business Continuity Institute. Bryan also served as Chief Security Officer & Director of Global Security for Apollo Education Group and the University of Phoenix.
Bryan currently holds an appointment as a Senior Fellow in the Center for Cyber & Homeland Security at George Washington University where his focus is on public/private sector collaboration related to national security and cybersecurity issues.
He also currently serves as a Board Director & Secretary for the Upper Midwest Security Alliance Foundation. He is a current member of the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) Manual Committee and the Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention Active Assailant Technical Committee for the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS/SHRM).
Bryan previously served as Board Member and Chair of the Private Sector Committee for the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) from 2011 – 2013 and as the Vice Chairman of the Disaster Recovery and Preparedness Committee for the Retail Industry Leaders Association. In these roles, Bryan worked closely with FEMA to develop the Private Sector Representative position in FEMA’s Office of the Private Sector and with leaders across state and federal government, including the US Department of Homeland Security and the White House, to build stronger connections between the public and private sectors.
Bryan holds multiple professional certifications in business continuity, emergency management, information security, project management, and physical security.
He is a member of the International Association of Professional Security Consultants, the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, the Private Sector Committee of the National Emergency Management Association, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House, London).
Bryan holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. He is a graduate of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Program at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government & T.H. School of Public Health.
Bryan was a Humphrey Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs during the 2016 – 2017 academic year.
In addition to his role at Bryghtpath, Bryan is co-founder & Principal of Crisis Playbook, a joint venture between Bryghtpath and Pivot Strategies that offers ready-made and custom crisis management and communications plans.