Jonathan Bryant was born and raised in East Palo Alto. His schooling included Eastside College Preparatory High School, and a degree from Notre Dame de Namur University, majoring in Sociology. After college, he worked with the unhoused populations in San Mateo County and served as co-chair of the East Palo Alto Measure C committee. He landed two internships at Singularity University in Mountain View, a tech university educating executives and entrepreneurs from across the globe, working as a media manager, videographer, and sound guy. Jonathan then started at StreetCode Academy as program manager and worked up to lead instructor when he launched Junior StreetCode. At the same time, he helped Belle Haven launch their Makerspace as a Tinkerer for four years. Later, he taught at Stanford University at their Makery lab. After Stanford, he founded Pass the Torch and Edtech Tours, which was featured in the New York Times.