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Bridgid Coulter Cheadle

Founder & CEO
Blackbird Collective PBC

Bridgid Coulter Cheadle is an award winning, serial entrepreneur and philanthropist with a decades long history of advocating for access to education and protection of the environment. Bridgid is celebrated for her family’s philanthropic work with a focus on climate change, social justice, political decency, women’s equity and education for the historically marginalized.

Principal of her eponymous design studio, a boutique interior and design-build firm with offices in Santa Monica and Hawaii, her focus is on residential, hospitality, creative office space and furniture design. Established over fifteen years ago, Bridgid approaches each project whether for an individual client, a brand or design-build development; as an artistic venture whilst providing exceptional development from concept to administration. Her well recognized signature textile collections incorporate her own personal painting and design work that have been inspired by her avid travel and perception of nature.

In 2018 Bridgid founded Blackbird Collective, a for-profit public benefit corporation and the preeminent private membership collective for women of color and allies to create positive social and economic change for each other and the world. The pilot location launched in 2019 in a Culver City warehouse, which closed in 2020 and immediately pivoted to digital through the pandemic, producing over 500 distinct programs. Last year, Blackbird moved back to physical space with an exquisitely designed new Culver City Flagship location which celebrated its grand opening on Juneteenth 2022. Blackbird is a curated network of work, wellbeing and creative programming studios offering inspired space for entrepreneurs, makers, storytellers, executives, practitioners, trailblazers, content creators and change makers to gather and work both individually and together, both in person and virtually -- grounded by a love of storytelling. With professional resources shared with aligned peers, experts and practitioners to support productivity, wellbeing, creativity and advocacy; Blackbird is a joy-filled place in aligned community where you don't have to go it alone -- where wellbeing includes the full spectrum of wellness to include nourishment of the physical, mental self with societal belonging. In 2020, Bridgid founded Blackbird Alliance, the non-profit sister organization to the collective, to further support advancement through sponsorship, mentorship and technical training.

A native of Berkeley, California, Bridgid earned an undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles, where she later completed their prestigious post-graduate, masters-level UCLA Arch_ID program with distinction. She can still be seen on the occasional screen or stage in comedy, drama or as a lifestyle expert; and is most proud of being the mother of two young adults with a most supportive husband. She enjoys travel, fine art, cappuccino and poker home games.
Bridgid has received numerous awards for her work as a producer, designer and trailblazer, including the National Distinguished 400 Award from the 400 Years of African American History Commission; Stewardship of Sustainable Design from City of Santa Monica, Woman of the Year by the County of Los Angeles District 2 and most recently a recipient of a prized Tony Award as one of the producers of A Strange Loop, winner of best Broadway musical.

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