Bryan C. Barnhill II - Chief Advisor
Bryan C. Barnhill II, is a purpose-driven leader with a passion for bringing transformational impact to systems and organizations. As Chief Advisor at Cooperative Capital, Bryan brings a wealth of public and private sector experience to Cooperative Capitali’s core leadership team.
Bryan currently serves as the Chief Talent Officer for the City of Detroit and is Chairman of the Detroit Building Authority. Prior to serving in Mayor Duggan’s administration, Bryan was the campaign manager for the Duggan for Detroit campaign. As campaign manager, Bryan orchestrated the historic write-in campaign victory for Mayor Michael Duggan, one of the largest write-in campaign victories in modern U.S. electoral history.
He is formerly Chief of Staff, and Director of Policy & Legislative Affairs in the Detroit City Council President’s Office. In addition, Bryan worked as a neighborhood planner and housing development coordinator at Southwest Solutions, and as an Investment Analyst at Kushner Companies.
Bryan is on the board of directors for the United Way of Southeast Michigan. He is a mayoral appointee to the Detroit/Wayne County Stadium Authority. He is a gubernatorial appointee to the Belle Isle State Park Advisory Board. Bryan is on the board of directors of the Welding Artisans Center, the Iron Belle Trail L3C, and the Harvard Club of Eastern Michigan.
He is a recipient of the Washington Post’s 40 Under 40 award, the Michigan Front Page’s 30 Under 30 award, Crain’s Detroit 20 in their 20’s award, the Payne-Pulliam Door Opener award, and the Spirit of Detroit Award. He was named “Man of Excellence” by the Michigan Chronicle and has also received a Certificate of Congressional Recognition from Congressman John Dingell.
Bryan is a Michigan State University Institute for Public Policy and Research Michigan Political Leadership Program Fellow. He was selected by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce to be part of the inaugural cohort of Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program.
Bryan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Harvard University with coursework in corporate financial accounting from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and Finance.
A proud Detroit native, Bryan currently lives in Detroit with his wife Rian English, and their two children, Britton and Riley.