Brad Whitehead is President of the Fund for Our Economic Future, an alliance of funders dedicated to advancing economic growth and equitable access to opportunity for the people of Northeast Ohio by building shared community commitment, supporting high-impact collaboration and marshalling strategic funding. Since its inception in 2004, the Fund has raised more than $100 million. With approximately 50 members, the Fund partners with leaders of the public, private, academic and civic sectors to grow the economy through strategies that advance job creation, job preparation and job access.
Brad led the start-up of the Fund and was named its first President in 2006. For the first two decades of his career, Brad worked at the international management consulting firm McKinsey and Company, where he ultimately served as a Senior Partner. At McKinsey, Brad’s client work spanned a broad range of corporate strategy, operations and organizational issues, but his major area of focus was in growth and new business building. Brad was a global leader of the firm’s Business Building Practice, and prior to that he founded the firm’s Environment Practice. His clients included large corporations, smaller entrepreneurial firms and private equity and venture capital clients.
Brad has supported the start-up of several regional economic development intermediaries, including BioEnterprise, JumpStart, Team Northeast Ohio (Team NEO), the Northeast Ohio Capital Fund and PRISM. He is also a founder of CMSD Rows, a co-educational rowing club that empowers young people in Cleveland high schools to build strength, gain confidence and pursue excellence through the unique sport of rowing. Brad currently serves on the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Advisory Council and is active on the boards of BioEnterprise, JumpStart and Team NEO. Previously, he was a board member of the Ohio Venture Capital Authority.
A native of downstate Illinois, Brad graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and was a Harvard Scholar and a Hearst Foundation Scholar. He has a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.