Principal | Chief Executive
Bryan Strawser is Founder, Principal, and Chief Executive at Bryghtpath LLC, a strategic advisory firm he founded in 2014. He has more than twenty-five years of experience in the areas of, business continuity, disaster recovery, crisis management, enterprise risk, 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 previously 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 Auburn University where his focus is on public/private sector collaboration related to national security and cybersecurity issues. He is also an associate member of the Forum for Private Security Research (FPSR) in the Department of Defence Studies at King’s College, London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2021, he was named to the Humphrey Policy Fellows Alumni Board at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs where he was a Policy Fellow during the 2016 – 2017 academic year.
Bryan has served on a number of technical committees at the American Society for Industrial Security, including committees for the Workplace Violence Prevention and Active Assailant – Prevention, Intervention, and Response Standard (2020) and the Certified Protection Professional Study Manual (2020)
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, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), the Foreign Policy Research Institute, 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 of 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. Chan School of Public Health.
Bryan is currently a Master of Arts candidate in the International Relations & Contemporary War program at King’s College, London’s Department of War Studies. He also serves as an Editor and as a member of the editorial and managing boards of Strife, the academic journal and blog of the Department. Bryan served as an elected member of the Academic Board of King’s College, London during the 2020 – 2021 academic year.