Vice Chancellor for University Advancement
Brigette A. Bryant is the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement at the City University of New York. In her current role, she is focusing on increasing the University’s effectiveness in private fundraising through partnerships with internal senior-level stakeholders throughout CUNY and concentrating on the expansion of individual and institutional donors, as well as best practices in resource development systems and infrastructure.
Her career as a higher education fundraiser began in 1996 and includes senior leadership roles at private and public institutions on the east coast and in the mid-west. Prior to joining CUNY, Brigette was most-recently Associate Vice President for Development at Seton Hall University, where she doubled contributions and increased the number of donors by 35 percent. She has held top fundraising jobs at Tufts University and Case Western Reserve University, as well as other development positions in higher education including at Columbia University.
At Case Western Reserve, Brigette similarly stepped into a newly created position, expanding a centralized fundraising team while unifying school-based fundraisers under a single university umbrella, where she managed her own portfolio, leading to a number of principal gifts. At Tufts, she led an alumni campaign, increasing by 25 percent the number of major gift donors and significantly raising the giving levels of existing donors. Under her leadership, total school giving represented nearly 40% of the university’s overall achievement.
Though she has spent the last 18 years in private higher education fundraising, Brigette’s career began in public education at Stony Brook. Currently, Brigette is a member of the District II board of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), where she serves as Co-chair, Opportunities and Inclusive Committee, which supports the launch and support of diverse professionals in the field. Brigette also served as a board member for the Women in Development – Boston chapter and was frequently invited as a speaker for Boston-based CASE conferences.
A native New Yorker and graduate of Berklee College of Music, Brigette is married to a professional jazz musician and has two adult children, both of whom have careers related to music.