Brad worked with others to establish the Fund in 2004 while a senior fellow at the Cleveland Foundation, and served as its president for 16 years. 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 served clients 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 still facilitates leadership development programs for senior McKinsey consultants several weeks a year.
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 four adult children and a nutty dog. Brad can often 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. He also serves as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, supporting inclusive economic growth projects around the United States.
In March 2020, Brad moved into the role of senior advisor for special projects at the Fund. While this sounds like it could be a job title from Office Space, it really means that Brad works on a variety of Fund initiatives (e.g., job hubs) and mentors next-generation leaders in the community.