CHIEF ADVANCEMENT OFFICER, TRAVIS MANION FOUNDATION
James Brobyn is a decorated Marine Corps veteran and the chief advancement officer of the Travis Manion Foundation, which assists veterans and the families of fallen heroes. He joined the U.S. Marine Corp. in 1997 as a helicopter crew chief, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2004, and rose to Captain by the time he left active duty in June 2010. He received the Purple Heart after getting wounded in an IED explosion on his first tour of duty as a platoon commander in western Al-Anbar Province in Iraq. Despite his injuries, Capt. Brobyn went on to do a second tour in Al-Anbar, this time as the executive officer of Apache Company. He joined Manion in 2011, intent on altering public perceptions of war veterans as “broken” and in need of help to instead focus on their resiliency, personal growth and abilities to become leaders in their communities. “The greatest honor and recognition we should give veterans is to validate their service and values by continuing to look to them for leadership both in and out of uniform,” he says. The captain also holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit/NGO Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.