Bryony Schwan

Bryony Schwan
Executive Director
Biomimicry 3.8 Institute

Job scope: Bryony works with the board of directors to oversee and implement the vision, mission and programs of the Institute and works with the development staff to raise the annual budget.

History: Before the Institute, Bryony founded Women’s Voices for the Earth and served as its Executive Director and then Program Director for 12 years. During that time she co-founded the national Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and Coming Clean, a national environmental health coalition now comprised of over 200 national and local organizations. Bryony received her MS in environmental studies from the University of Montana and a BA from the University of Natal in South Africa.

Favorite organism and why: River otter. River otters are intelligent, curious, playful, resilient, and elusive and are indicators of pristine river ecosystems.

Favorite book: The Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce Lipton

Other favorite organization: Greenpeace (Bryony serves on the Board of Directors)