A desire to practice law for an organization with a social mission is a big part of why Jeffrey Bryson chose to become a NeighborWorks attorney in 1987. “It started in law school when I was involved in a legal clinic program and worked with tenants to resolve issues with their landlords,” he says. “Since then, I’ve always wanted to help people who might not have the means to help themselves.”
Today, Bryson serves as the interim President and Chief Executive Officer of NeighborWorks America, after being appointed to this position by the board of directors on Sept. 8, 2017. He moved quickly up the ranks—to Deputy General Counsel in 1988, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in 1991 and now, his current position.
Prior to joining NeighborWorks, Bryson worked in a private law practice from 1983 to 1987. He served earlier as a Reginald Heber Smith fellow and later as staff attorney with the Legal Services Corp. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. While a Legal Services attorney, he assisted a local NeighborWorks organization in its incorporation process, served on its board of directors and chaired its loan committee. He also completed internships with the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Interpretation and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Bryson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in the District of Columbia.