Samuel S. Fels Fund


Michael O’Bryan, Vice Chair

Michael O’Bryan is the founder of the organizational design strategy firm Humanature, and is a practitioner and researcher in the fields of community development, organizational culture, and human well-being. He is an advocate for human rights and social change with an approach that pulls from developmental-science research, including trauma theory, and his own hands-on, programmatic experience working in historically excluded communities. At Humanature, he works with nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies on transforming how they understand and support human development, interaction, and performance. Past and current clients include NeighborWorks America, The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, New Jersey Community Capital, and the Strada Education Network. Michael is a Distinguished Resident Fellow at Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and a lecturer in city planning at the University of Pennsylvania’s Stuart Weitzman School of Design. He is a recipient of the Pioneer Fund of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Neubauer Family Foundation’s Preventions in Crime and Violence initiative. Most recently, Michael was awarded the 2022 Diversity in Business Award by The Philadelphia Business Journal. Michael proudly serves on the boards of the Samuel S. Fels Fund, The Union Benevolent Association, The Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements & Population Health Equity at Drexel University, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and Project440.

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