Bridget Colman graduated with an M.A. in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies from the joint program at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Parsons School of Design, NY. As an undergrad, she studied at The University of Western Ontario with a concentration in Western Literature and Civilization. Her focus on design and social history led to projects at the Sir John Soane Museum, National Portrait Gallery of London, The Attingham Trust, and Strawberry Hill, Twickenham.
Colman sits on the Boards of The American Friends of the National Portrait Gallery of London and The Branksome Hall Foundation, Toronto. Currently she also sits on the Harvard Graduate School of Design Dean’s Leadership Council. Her charitable foundation, established in Canada, initiates and supports projects based on exploring beyond the constrictions of geographical, cultural, and societal tethers. PEN America has figured prominently in this intention. The support of education has become the conduit of this work: in Canada with committed relationships at McGill, The University of Western Ontario, and Branksome Hall, and in the United States with work done to forge programs across international borders at Harvard, The Brearley School, Brooklyn Friends Academy, and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). She is Canadian born with dual UK citizenship and has spent years living in France, Japan, and the UK. She is currently settled with her husband and two daughters in New York City.