Board Chair and Founder
Cheronda Bryan is a strategy and management professional with over 15 years of experience in the government and nonprofit sectors, leading people, projects and broad-based operations functions. She has been president and managing member of a residential rental property enterprise since 2015. She is also a professor of U.S. and Texas government in both the Lone Star and Houston Community College Systems, where she empowers individuals to pursue their life goals. Previously, Cheronda served eight years as a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State completing tours of duty in Washington DC, Vietnam, and Kenya.
Before joining the State Department, Cheronda worked as a learning facilitator and curriculum developer for the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council in her native city of Houston. In this role, she had the pleasure of working with adult volunteers and staff, empowering them with the resources to work effectively toward the mission of developing girls of courage, confidence and character.
Cheronda has lived in five different countries on four different continents, connecting with people of different languages, ethnicities, faith traditions and sociological backgrounds. These experiences led her to appreciate diverse perspectives and approaches to life, but most importantly, to recognize the similarities and connectedness of peoples across the globe. She is thus empowered to embrace the work of helping others build meaningful human connections amid differences.
Cheronda holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is bilingual in Spanish and has a working knowledge of Italian, Vietnamese, and Somali languages. She is mother to a very loving and feisty Chihuahua named Jackson.