Urban Innovation Fellow
Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation
Michael O’Bryan is an expert practitioner and researcher in the fields of community development, organizational culture, and human wellbeing who has spent more than a decade working directly with resilient yet underserved populations —including veterans, adults in recovery, returning citizens, and families experiencing homelessness. He was selected as an Innovation Fellow by the Lindy Institute in 2017. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Learning at The Village of Arts and Humanities, a nonprofit headquartered in North Philadelphia. He is also a Corzo Fellow at The Corzo Center for The Creative Economy at The University of the Arts. He is the founder of HD2 Solutions, a consultancy working with nonprofits, businesses, local government agencies and their employees to transform how they understand and support human development, interaction, and performance. Clients include NeighborWorks America, ArtistYear, New Jersey Community Capital, and Saxbys Coffee. O’Bryan has spoken nationally about his work, including convenings at Cornell University, The Urban Consulate, The Vera List Center for Arts and Politics at The New School, The Sphinx Music Conference, and the famed Apollo Theatre in New York.
O'Bryan holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of the Arts and a graduate certificate in Childhood Trauma Studies from Jefferson University. He is a faculty member of the Career Studies Department at The Curtis Institute of Music and serves on The American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Commission on The Arts. He currently serves on the boards of two philanthropic institutions, The Samuel S. Fels Fund and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and is every day inspired by exploring the science of our humanity.