Jake Bright is a writer, award winning author, and strategic advisor in New York City. He publishes and consults on global business, politics, and technology with an expertise on Africa. Bright also writes select features on topics such as culture and outdoor sports. He is active in thought leadership as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and Whitehead Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association. His articles have received "Best Business Column" distinction by The Week and span features for The New Yorker, The Financial Times, Fortune, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, U.S. News & World Report, World Economic Forum, TechCrunch, and Bloomberg. Bright is a frequent commentator to media outlets and speaker at venues such as TEDx, the World Affairs Council, and Council on Foreign Relations. He has produced high level forums with partners including CNN, Newsweek, PwC, IBM, the Carlyle Group, and McKinsey & Co. His first book, The Next Africa, won an Axiom Best Business Book Award.
Jake began his career in the U.S. Department of Commerce and on White House staff as a speechwriter and chief aide to senior international economic advisers. He then worked as a management associate and bank officer at the U.S.’ oldest financial institution.
Bright earned his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and graduate degree from Columbia University. He is active with several non-profit organizations and serves on the Leadership Steering Committee of the Eisenhower Fellowships. Bright is an avid fan of music, motorcycles, and outdoor sports. He competes recreationally in running, open water swimming, and alpine skiing. Jake was born and raised in Northern Michigan.