Crain’s 40 Under Forty: Bradford Davy, 34
Bradford Davy has built relationships with some of the most impactful leaders in Northeast Ohio.
The most important part of those interactions, The Fund for Our Economic Future’s director of regional engagement said, is authenticity.
“I think all people want to be seen and heard,” Davy said. “Everyone brings a unique perspective and value, so I try to make all of my relationships authentic ones. I always try to lead with empathy.”
Davy joined the Fund — an alliance of 40-plus foundations, higher education institutions, corporations, government institutions and civic associations — in 2018. He played a key role in the development of OpportunityCLE, which gathered 20 local stakeholders to identify and market social ventures within Cleveland’s Opportunity Zones.
Davy currently is leading a community investment funding effort for Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood. The initiative has secured the backing of the Kresge Foundation.
“Bradford is extraordinarily likable and the kind of person whose presence and style makes those around him feel good about themselves,” The Fund for Our Economic Future president Bethia Burke said. “This seemingly simple trait is quite rare, and is incredibly valuable in his work.”