This is the first in a series of profiles highlighting advocates throughout the Network. Bradford Swann is the executive director of SouthCarolinaCAN and a member of the fourth cohort of PIE Network’s Leadership Institute.
Bradford has been fortunate to lead in a variety of government, corporate, and nonprofit roles. After years in the private sector, Bradford joined StudentsFirst in Georgia. He then took over as executive director of SouthCarolinaCAN in 2015. In 2017, he co-led the development and launch of Charleston RISE, a local grassroots parent empowerment program in Charleston, SC. Bradford has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Georgia and a MBA from Georgetown University. He lives in Greenville with his wife, Ashley, and their two young children
I’d love to connect with other advocates about:
Parent engagement. We’ve begun investing heavily in this space, focusing on how to empower parents to become the real change agents. Despite our intense focus here, we’ve really only begun to scratch the surface and I would love to hear from others who are doing this important work. As a team, we’ve been very fortunate to have the opportunity to huddle with Memphis LIFT and GO Public Schools but I know there are others engaged in this space and we’d love to hear from them.
What recent resource would you encourage other advocates to check out, and why?
- Good Leaders Make Good Schools – This really hit home for me in that I personally believe I (and maybe “we” as a community) don’t talk enough about school leadership enough.
- The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal – Definitely not “light” summer reading, but this book really resonated with me as it’s about doing the impossible and doing it over a sustained period to achieve results that transform lives and, in many aspects, our country.
What is one talent or skill you don’t have, but have always wanted?
In today’s world, listening is more important than ever so I’m always striving to be a better listener.
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