Bronlynn Thurman joined GAR in 2016. As a Program Assistant, she works to advance the foundation’s strategic priorities through the assessment and review of a grant applications. Prior to joining GAR, she worked at the Akron-Summit County Public Library as an Events Assistant and as Arts Editor for the Akron-based magazine, The Devil Strip.
In addition to her role at GAR, Bronlynn works with The Knight Foundation as a Program Associate focusing on communities and placemaking. An Akron native, Bronlynn serves on a number of area boards and committees including, the board of Pecha Kucha Akron and advisory board of KNEXT IMLS, a project focused on bringing advanced data analytics and business intelligence services to public libraries in order to support small businesses, entrepreneurs and community advocates. She is also a member of Akron’s young professionals group, Torchbearers, The Devil Strip Founding Committee, the City of Akron’s Holocaust Commemoration Committee, and is the Arts & Music Co-chair for Downtown Akron’s 3rd Thursday events. In her free time, she runs a Northeast Ohio focused blog, Tea Time With The Mad Artist, and explores cities through photography and drawing.
Bronlynn received a Bachelor’s in Advertising from Kent State University with an emphasis on design, psychology and marketing. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in User Experience Design at Kent State University.