Affiliate, Department of Anthropology
M.A. in Cultural Anthropology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 2012
B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 2010
Cultural Anthropology; Economic Anthropology; Community Development
Workforce and entrepreneurship development, program monitoring and evaluation, market studies, and data analysis and management for 7 tribal organization located in Rapid City, SD, Pine Ridge Reservation, SD, Cheyenne River Reservation, SD, and First Nations Development Institute in Longmont, CO.
Michael Brydge is a community and economic development consultant who has worked with Colorado communities and Reservation communities since 2007. He received his MA in Cultural Anthropology from Colorado State University. For the last 6 years, he has engaged in survey and data analysis; report writing; asset-based problem solving; ecological change assessments; participatory mapping; youth development; community beautification; and eco-building and tourism initiatives. His work has primarily been conducted in collaboration with various Lakota tribes in South Dakota but also with farmers and ranchers in eastern Colorado and a school district in northern Colorado. Michael’s strengths are enhancing and utilizing local assets to establish community driven solutions for local needs. He has an 18 year background in construction and lives in Evans, CO with his wife, two sons, and a Great Dane.