Avery Bang is the President and CEO of Bridges to Prosperity (B2P), a social enterprise that provides isolated communities with access to essential health care, education, and economic opportunities by building footbridges over impassable rivers. Under her leadership, B2P has connected over one million people around the world, while being recognized as one of the top 10 social enterprises in the world by Classy.
Avery was named one of ENR’s Newsmakers; was selected as one of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) top ten engineers under 30 and later received the prestigious ASCE President’s Medal. She was featured in the IMAX film Dream Big and has spoken on stages ranging from TED to the UN. She has been recognized with the coveted Mulago Foundation Rainer Arnhold Fellowship and the GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group) Social Impact Fellowship and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Aspen chapter.
Avery is a Distinguished Alumni of The University of Iowa, where she completed degrees in Studio Art and Civil Engineering, and The University of Colorado at Boulder where she completed a MSc in Geotechnical Engineering. She earned an MBA from The University of Oxford, where she was nominated by her peers as a graduation speaker and was the Managing Director of the Oxford Seed Fund, and she received an honorary doctorate degree from Clarkson University.