CEO Bridges to Prosperity, MBA, University of Oxford
Avery is the President and CEO of Bridges to Prosperity (B2P), a nonprofit social enterprise providing isolated communities with access to essential health care, education and economic opportunities by building footbridges to connect the last mile. B2P was built by using an innovative public-private partnership approach to improving technical expertise while drawing investment into rural transportation infrastructure.
Under her leadership, B2P has reached nearly one million people around the world.
Avery is currently working on an MBA at Säid Business School at the University of Oxford, where she is the Managing Director of the Oxford Seed Fund. As the leader of the 11-person MBA team, she oversees deal flow, due diligence, and term negotiation for high growth Oxford-led startups, while also being responsible for screening applicants for the Skoll Venture Awards.
Avery completed a MSc. in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder following her BSc. in Civil Engineering and a BA in Studio Art from the University of Iowa. More recently, she taught at the University of Colorado in the Mortenson Center for Engineering in Developing Communities.
Avery has been an active public speaker, reaching audiences as varied as a plenary at the United Nations, to TEDx events. She was featured in the IMAX film Dream Big, was named one of the world’s top 25 most newsworthy engineers by Engineering News Record (ENR), was honored on ENR Mountain Region’s Top 20 Under 40 list, and was selected as one of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Fresh Faces, which recognizes the top ten Civil Engineers under 30. Avery is a Distinguished Young Alumni of The University of Iowa, recipient of the Recent Alumni Award from The University of Colorado at Boulder, and received an honorary doctorate degree from Clarkson University in 2014.