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Louisville mayor names leader for globalization efforts

More than 6% of Louisville population is foreign born

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 4, 2015) — Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer today announced Bryan Warren will lead the city’s globalization efforts.

Bryan Warren
Bryan Warren

Warren is currently executive director of the Asia Institute – Crane House in Louisville, a position he has held since 2008. He implemented professional focus groups and a planned giving program while developing strategic community partnerships.

“Creating strategies for a globally competitive Louisville is more important now than ever,” Fischer said. “Bryan is the right leader to maximize the talents of our immigrant community, grow our immigrant population and leverage the vast opportunities available to all of us in a global economy.”

Prior to his time with Asia Institute – Crane House, Warren served as Associate Curator of Education at the Speed Art Museum. His creativity and global fluency will help lead the city’s newly launched Global Louisville initiative, a part of Louisville Forward. Global Louisville is a public-private initiative being launched in conjunction with Greater Louisville Inc. Government, business and civic leaders will work together to make Louisville a more welcoming city to the international community.

“We need to be deliberate in our strategy to be a globally relevant city and Global Louisville is just that,” said GLI president and CEO Kent Oyler. “Bryan’s background will advance Louisville as an even more welcoming and inclusive city where we showcase and appreciate cultures, art and history while encouraging international interaction as we engage and encourage all our foreign born to make Louisville their home—to maximize their talents, start businesses and raise their families.”

More than six percent of Louisville’s population is foreign born—more than 10 percent of Jefferson County Public Schools students come from other countries, speaking 100 different languages.

“Louisville is a city with a global mindset,” Warren said. “I am looking forward to getting the message out to the world that our doors are open — come and enjoy the amenities we have to offer.”

Warren, a Filipino American, has traveled extensively internationally. His dad met his mom while serving in the Vietnam War. Bryan embraces his Asian heritage and looks forward to welcoming immigrants from all over the world making Louisville their new home — bringing with them expertise, knowledge, an entrepreneurial drive and a passion for their heritage.

He begins his new role Aug. 17.