Brad Whitehead – President
In his role as president of the Fund, Brad pretends to direct staff activities and facilitates member engagement in accomplishing the Fund’s mission. Brad worked with others to establish the Fund in 2004 while a Senior Fellow at The Cleveland Foundation. As those who work with him can attest, Brad is a recovering consultant. Prior to his “one year leave” to serve as Senior Fellow, Brad was a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, where he worked for 20 years. He worked throughout North America and Europe on a broad range of business management and public policy issues. He co-founded the Firm’s North American Environment Practice and was a global leader of its Growth & Business Building practice.
Brad’s roots and values extend to a youth spent in a small Illinois farm town. He graduated with honors in economics from Harvard College and received an M.P.A. from the Kennedy School. His eclectic job experiences include living with Pygmies in the Congo (really), working as a bank management trainee in London, collecting lianas in the Amazon, and spending many summers cutting weeds out of soybean fields.
Brad takes immense joy from his family. His wife Amy is a psychotherapist, which comes in handy being married to Brad. They have a daughter, a graduate student studying agriculture at Ohio State, and three sons, one a U.S. Army Lieutenant, and identical twins who are in college in Maine. When not wrangling with civic leaders on economic issues, Brad can be found plying the waters of the Cuyahoga in his rowing shell. He channels his inner demons by competing around the U.S. and internationally. Brad is a founder of CMSD Rows and serves on the boards of OneCommunity and the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Council.