Albert Bryan Jr. ––is the ninth-elected governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands and is currently the only African American governor in the United States. He is an entrepreneur, non-profit executive, and tireless and compassionate advocate for the economic and political advancement of the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
True to his campaign promise in 2018, Bryan has stabilized the finances of the Government of
the Virgin Islands, making it possible for the government to make good on several long-standing
financial obligations, including returning an eight percent pay cut to government employees
that occurred in 2011 as part of the fallout of the Great Recession.
During his first term as governor, Bryan, a former commissioner of the Virgin Islands
Department of Labor and Chairman of the Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority
Board, is boldly leading the U.S. Virgin Islands through unprecedented economic growth and
infrastructure expansion. His administration spearheads a multi-billion-dollar recovery and
rebuilding effort to transform the territory’s critical infrastructure in the aftermath of two
category five hurricanes that occurred in 2017.
In collaboration with the 34th Legislature of the Virgin Islands, Governor Bryan developed and
implemented a plan that has placed the Government Employees Retirement System, one of the
country’s most underfunded public pension systems, on a path to solvency after more than 30
years of underinvestment.
Bryan also boldly and effectively led the U.S. Virgin Islands through the COVID-19 pandemic
keeping Virgin Islanders safe while protecting the territory’s tourism-driven economy from
collapse. As governor, he continues to progress on his mission to lead the U.S. Virgin Islands in being first
in tourism, technology, and talent throughout the Caribbean. He is the co-chair of the National
Governors Association’s Community Renewal Taskforce along with Missouri Governor Mike
Parson, where he works on a wide array of policy issues focused on workforce development,
education, and broadband access.
Governor Bryan also serves as a member of the Jobs for Americas Graduates Board of Directors.
Governor Bryan is married to Yolanda Cabodevilla Bryan. Together, they are the proud parents
of two adult daughters, Aliyah and Sumayah.
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