With more than two decades of experience in social work and education, Ashanti Bryant serves as the Education Director at Amplify GR (Grand Rapids, Michigan). In his role, he coordinates all partnership efforts with community schools and is leading the charge to increase community access to high-quality early childhood education opportunities. Ashanti acts as a liaison to neighborhood schools and collaborates with other nonprofit organizations and government officials to develop, fund and leverage new educational initiatives in support of stronger student achievement in those schools.
Ashanti is passionate about education reform, racial reconciliation, and empowering teachers, leaders, and schools to be responsive to the increasing diversity within the education landscape. Ashanti attended public schools in Detroit and was raised in a Christian family that valued education. A first generation college graduate, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Social Work in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is a New Leaders for New Schools’ fellow and earned an additional Master’s degree in Educational Administration. Ashanti has experience in teaching, behavior intervention, academia, course design, workshop facilitation, organizational and new school development. Ashanti and his wife have 3 children who worship at a cross-cultural/cross-racial congregation that continues to shape their faith, relationships, experiences and worldview.