Bridget Brigitte McDonald Ph.D.

Award-winning Composer, Writer, Women's and Sustainability Advocacy

Bridget McDonald, Ph.D., is an award-winning composer, writer, and sustainability advocate who is currently CEO of the Women's International Center and President of her own record label Bionic Sisters Productions. With a symphony-composer-grandmother and a radio-technology-pioneer-grandfather, she was destined for music, writing, and non-profit advocacy. With a world-renowned-author/educator mother and attorney father, it’s no surprise that Bridget received a BA from UC Berkeley (Chinese History & Comp Lit. English/French/German) and MA (French) and Ph.D. (Comparative Humanities) from Johns Hopkins University. She has written 2 novels, a translation of French philosophy (Stanford), and has poems in journals across the country. She has taught at the University of Orléans, France, and returned to California with her husband Jean-Pierre, a graphic designer, Search Engine Optimization specialist, and manager who also has a diploma in gourmet cooking. Proud parents of adopted animals including tortoises, turtles, fish, cats, and a dog, they live in a drug and alcohol-free home. After wrestling with health issues in year 2000, Bridget brought out her CD Where Birds Meet in the Rain (recorded by engineers for Jewel and Blink 182), since played on radio stations worldwide. After performing in France, Ireland, Canada, and on television many times, she witnessed her Bridget Brigitte Special air on TV. She has featured more than 200 performers in her signature shows at Humphrey’s and Anthology, with line-ups always including an even mix of women and men. She is on the Advisory Board of the Asian American Repertory Theatre and San Diego Songwriter's Guild, is an International Rotarian, and her music has helped raise funds for such organizations as The Grammy’s MusiCares, GoGirlsMusic, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Vietnamese American Women Artists, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Artivist Independent Film Collective, and Artists Helping Artists, among others. In 2010, she spent the greater part of the year assisting with emergency communications support for post-earthquake Haiti in conjunction with the 2 Life 18 Foundation that she has worked with since 2006. Bridget and Jean-Pierre now share the online marketing skills they learned from the music industry with the non-profits they work with now, including the Women's International Center which recently launched the WIC iTOES Network (Instructional Tools for Online Education promoting intellectual mobility). Bridget is honored to have been working closely with WIC for over a decade Honoring and Educating Women Around the World since 1986.

Special thanks to inspirations Dr. Marianne McDonald, design guru Claudia DaMetz, and luminary Gloria Lane who has done so much to encourage others and who, herself, remains a revolutionary force of nature.

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