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Brian Barnes


Senior Strategy Consultant

Dr. Brian C.B. Barnes is a speaker, consultant, and thought leader for non-profits and philanthropies on the topics of social impact, equity, education, youth development, innovation, and social entrepreneurship. Dr. Barnes is also the co-founder and CEO of TandemEd, an entity that educates and propels communities of color to lead their own social change efforts in tandem with institutions willing to align with community-based efforts. In addition, Dr. Barnes has published writings on the topic of social justice and equity including recent contributions to the Stanford Social Innovation Review entitled "Shifting Philanthropy from Charity to Justice" and "Paid in Full: How to Reorient Philanthropic Investments for Justice-Oriented Collective Action and Impact."

Dr. Barnes’ previous experience includes serving as the chief officer on community engagement for the State of Tennessee's direct-run turnaround schools; instructor and coach at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; district leader on faith-based and community partnerships, small-school principal, and mathematics teacher at Boston Public Schools; and director of youth ministries in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E.).  Recently, Dr. Barnes was recognized and selected as a member of the 2017 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, a leadership advancement program sponsored by a consortium of select U.S. Presidential Centers.

Dr. Barnes holds both a Doctorate and Masters in education leadership from Harvard University; a Master of Divinity from Andover-Newton Theological School; and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics with a minor in secondary education from Morehouse College. Dr. Barnes is married and is the father of three small children, one son and two daughters.