Bernard Holloway has spent much of his career working across sectors to pursue social change, be it through community organizing or promoting neighborhood revitalization, energy efficiency, and minority/women-owned business development.
Most recently, his passion for achieving social impact has been channeled through his service as youthCONNECT Network Director for Venture Philanthropy Partners, where he has managed a White House Social Innovation Fund-supported non-profit collaborative that is helping 20,000 vulnerable teens and young adults in the National Capital Region make successful transitions to adulthood.
Prior to VPP, Bernard worked as a data and strategy consultant on the CountyStat team of Prince George’s County (MD) Executive Rushern Baker, where he sought to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of local government service delivery through analysis, accountability, and program innovation. And, in addition to his work within state/local government and the non-profit sector, Bernard has spent considerable time working at a grassroots level to help communities build power through electoral politics – be it through managing campaigns for local legislative office in Maryland and New York or as a field organizer for the 2008 Obama campaign in rural South Carolina.
But promoting education equity has always been close to his heart – from his days as Student Member on the Prince George’s County Board of Education through the early stages of his career, where he received his professional start as the Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer of Achievement First, a nationally-recognized network of high-performing public charter schools. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.