Bryony Schwan is the Co-founder and Director of Strategic Partnerships of The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute (TBI) and served as the founding Executive Director for eight years. Prior to that Bryony worked for 11 years as the Executive Director and then as the National Campaigns Director for Women's Voices for the Earth (WVE) a non-profit environmental justice organization that she founded in 1995.
From 2001 to 2004, Bryony co-founded and coordinated Coming Clean, a national alliance of health and environmental groups working to reform chemical policy and was also a co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Bryony is an affiliate faculty member at the University of Montana where she teaches in the Environmental Studies program.
Bryony was born in Zimbabwe and moved to the United States in 1981. She has a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Natal in South Africa and an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. Bryony’s work has taken her around the world from speaking on chemical policy in Europe to lobbying at the United Nations Treaty Negotiations on Eliminating Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in South Africa. She has received several awards for her work including Montana's Jeannette Rankin Peacemaker of the Year Award (2002).
She has served on the board of many organizations including Greenpeace USA, the Social Justice Fund Northwest and the Alliance for Sustainable Jobs & the Environment (a national labor/environment alliance). She currently serves on the board of Montana‘s Saint Patrick Hospital Women’s Health Advisory Board.