Bryn Fortune is the Family and Parent Leadership Director at the Early Childhood Investment Corporation. For over 30 years, Ms. Fortune has overseen a variety of projects and initiatvives regarding the includion of authentic family and parent voice, engagement and leadership in various initiatives at the local, state and national level. She joined the Investment Corporation in 2009.
Ms. Fortune raised two daughters with special needs, the youngest who was born with significant health issues and spent 2.5 years of her first 5 years of live in the hospital. It is through this experience that she became passionate about the important knowledge that the parent perspective uniquely brings to the design, implementation and evaluation program and policy efforts. Bryn launched her efforts towards this focus in 1988 by being the first Parent Co-Cair for Michigan's Maternal and Child Health Bureau's, Childrens' Special Health Care Services Advisory Committee.
Ms. Fortune has extensive background and professional experience in leadership development, adult learning theory and curriculum design, training and facilitation practices addressing social justice challenges. Throughout the 1990's and early 2000's, Ms. Fortune was the Director of Michigan's Parent Leadership Program and its training initiative for Early On (the state's early childhood intervention system). From the winter of 2009 until the fall of 2010, in her original role with the Investment Corporation as Director for Great Start Parent Coalition Training and Technical Assistance, Ms. Fortune oversaw the growth and development of this statewide parent volunteer network from 900 members to over 10,000.
In her current role with ECIC, Ms. Fortune oversees the planning, development, design and implementation for the following projects:
- Michigan's Maternal and Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) for parent engagement and leadership, as well as, the community level Local Leadership Groups.
- Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Networks (CoIIN), Family Leadership Home Visiting Coach or Continuous Quality Improvement, nationally for the Title V Maternal and Women's Health Program.