Ian Bridges is a Dual M.B.A./M.A. Educational Leadership and Policy student at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and School of Education, with focuses in Strategy and Management & Organizations. At the Ross School of Business, Ian served as the co-chair for the Black Business Student Association’s 42nd annual Alfred L. Edward Conference, the school’s longest-running student-led symposium. He also served as a 2017-2018 Consortium for Graduate Study in Management campus liaison, supporting the organization’s mission of reducing the significant underrepresentation of minorities in top-ranked business programs and global management careers. Additionally, his studies have afforded him the opportunity to complete consulting engagements for the Tennessee Department of Education, Dickinson Wright Law Firm, and the Starbucks Corporation.
Prior to graduate school, Ian was an educator in the Detroit Public School system, the same district where his academic journey began. As a classroom teacher, Ian co-founded Gingerbread Scholars, a Detroit based organization working to expose inner-city elementary school students to mirror images of collegiate success. To date, the organization has exposed over 700 Detroit students to Detroit area natives attending colleges and universities around the country. In addition to his career as an educator, Ian worked as a National Manager of Recruitment and University Partnerships for Teach For America. In this capacity, Ian worked to attract educators, from various undergraduate institutions (Spelman College, the University of Michigan, Morehouse College, etc.), to teach in high-needs communities.
A magna cum laude graduate of Morehouse College, Ian holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Ian is a proud educational equity advocate committed to ensuring that all children—regardless of their zip code—have access to a quality education.