Bryan C. Barnhill II
MBA ’18, University of Michigan
Bryan C. Barnhill II is the city manager in the City Solutions group of Ford Smart Mobility. A community leader in his native Detroit, he previously served as the chief talent officer for the City of Detroit and, prior to that, as chief of staff and director of policy and legislative affairs in the Detroit City Council president’s office.
The former campaign manager for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Barnhill recently celebrated his own electoral victory when he was elected by the people of Michigan to serve on the Wayne State University Board of Governors. He also sits on the boards of the Detroit Building Authority, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority, Detroit/Wayne County Stadium Authority, Iron Belle Trail, and Belle Isle Park.
Barnhill has volunteered as an alumni interviewer for Harvard College and served on the board of the Harvard Club of Eastern Michigan. He was also part of the inaugural cohort of Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program.
“The best aspect about my Harvard experience was the people. I appreciate all the moments when a person with a different point of view helped broaden my perspective of the world. These relationships occurred during a pivotal time of my life, and I feel like I’m a better person as a result of them. I would love to take part in an effort to create, reengage, or further relationships among our community of good people.”
He and his wife, Rian English, have two children.