Bruce holds an M.A. in Human Resources & Industrial Relations from The University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and a B.A. in Sociology from The University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Since finishing his graduate studies at Carlson, Bruce has worked for various Fortune 500 companies in HR leadership roles of increasing responsibility. Currently, Bruce is a Vice President, HR at Avantor (a Fortune 500 biopharmaceutical company) where he creates and drives HR strategy across the United States, Europe & Asia.
As a second-generation college student from Milwaukee, WI, the importance of an education was instilled in Bruce early by his parents and grandparents. In addition, he was fortunate to be named a Chancellor’s Scholar (a highly selective merit-based program for underrepresented minority groups and culturally/educationally disadvantaged undergraduates) as an undergrad student at UW Madison, where he received the persistent support and network necessary to succeed in college. It’s that support system that helped Bruce graduate with a rigorous academic course load while working a residence life job on campus.
Bruce resides in Minneapolis with his wife, Tessa, and their sons, Jack and Maxwell. Tessa served as both a Senior Workshop Coordinator and a Senior Coach for College Possible (then Admission Possible) from 2005-2007 at North High in Minneapolis, and it was through Tessa’s stories and lasting student and peer relationships that Bruce first heard about the important work this organization is doing in high schools, colleges and universities, and beyond. College Possible’s mission to supporting not only college admission but also college success among low-income young people aligns with Bruce’s personal and professional passions. Its through that mission that Bruce hopes to have the opportunity to serve the organization as a board member to support the college and post-college success of future generations.