Bryan Nicholson has supported numerous national and international trade associations and coalitions since joining Association Management Strategies (AMS) in 2010. In this time, Bryan has led a wide-range of activities including, but not limited to, Board of Directors management; communications; conference and event planning, promotion, and execution; executive leadership search; membership development and engagement; strategic planning; operations, program, and project management; and website development.
Bryan currently serves as the Executive Director of the GridWise Alliance, a diverse group of stakeholders that design, build and operate the electric grid who are at the forefront of educating legislators and regulators on the critical need to modernize our nation’s electricity system. In this role Bryan provides strategic counsel and support to the Alliance’s CEO and Board of Directors and leads execution of the organization’s member-focused and industry-facing activities.
Bryan also serves as the Executive Director of the Sorptive Minerals Institute (SMI), a national trade association representing the producers and marketers of products made from absorbent clay minerals. SMI members represent a multibillion-dollar industry whose products have a wide variety of commercial, industrial, and consumer applications. In this role, Bryan executes activities that support the vision of the SMI’s Board of Directors and Technical Committee which serve as the advocacy, marketing, promotional, and research arms of the absorbent clay industry.
Bryan also supported the creation of the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) in 2010 and currently serves as an advisory to the group. GSGF is a global stakeholder organization committed to creating smarter, cleaner electrical systems around the world that is comprised of national smart grid organizations from fifteen countries and the European Union.
Bryan is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).
Prior to joining AMS, Bryan served in various management roles with Amazon.com, Avon Products, Inc. and United Parcel Service (UPS). Bryan has a M.A. in International Affairs from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at the New School for Public Engagement in Manhattan and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Bryan resides in Wayne, PA outside Phialdelphia with wife Catie, daughter Avery, son Graeme, and a cockapoo named Winifred.