Bryna Lipper, currently CEO of the Humboldt Area Foundation in California, has held leadership roles in government, nonprofit, and private sector organizations dedicated to advancing the quality of urban life.

As cofounder and senior vice president for 100 Resilient Cities, she led the formation of its urban resilience practice and global network to enable cities to adapt to 21st century challenges.

During her tenure this work reshaped the policies, governance, and politics of cities within 47 nations. Prior to that, Lipper directed Philanthropic Research and Initiatives for the Office of International and Philanthropic Innovation at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, leading strategies to spur philanthropic partnerships, promote policy innovation, and increase aligned investments. She was vice president for Marketing, Communications, and Government Affairs at the National Building Museum and cofounder of the Global Studio—a nonprofit encouraging design students and building professionals to serve in vulnerable communities. Lipper has spoken and consulted widely and has won numerous honors, including a PLACES Fellowship from the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.

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