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Jacqueline Bradley

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  • December 10, 2021



  • Born: December 3, 1957
  • Birth Location: Cleveland, Ohio


  • Favorite Color: Blue
  • Favorite Food: Macaroni & Cheese
  • Favorite Time of Year: Spring
  • Favorite Vacation Spot: Bahamas

Favorite Quote

"For I know the plans I have for you. Not to harm you, but to help you. To give you hope and a future. -Jeremiah 29:11"
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Investment banker Jacqueline Bradley was born on December 3, 1957 in Cleveland, Ohio to Etta Parthenia Walker Bradley and Alvin Coleman Bradley. Graduating from John F. Kennedy High School in Cleveland, Ohio in 1975, she went on to receive her B.A. degree in economics and political science in 1979 from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and her M.B.A. degree in finance and marketing in 1982 from Columbia Business School in New York City.

After graduating from Yale University in 1979, Bradley worked as a consultant at Strategic Planning Associates in Washington, D.C. Following her graduation from Columbia Business School in 1982, she was hired as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York City, becoming the first African American woman consultant at the firm. In 1984, Bradley was hired as a banker at Bankers Trust in New York City. She then joined Touche Ross in New York City as a consultant. In 1986, Bradley was hired by Moody’s Investors Service in New York City as vice president of corporate marketing and soon rose to senior vice president. In 1995, Bradley was hired by SunTrust Bank in Orlando, Florida, where she worked as corporate banking chief of staff, in wealth management, as manager of international trade services, and as senior vice president of the private client group until her retirement in 2002.

Bradley served as chair of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida from 2002 to 2004, vice chair of the Airport Authority, and on the boards of the Orange County Tourist Development Council, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, the Florida Arts Council, the Cornell Museum of Fine Arts at Rollins College, Tampa Electric Company, The Lawrenceville School, Lafayette Square Empire BDC, Inc., Lafayette Square Mid-Atlantic BDC LLC, Seacoast (formerly BankFIRST), and on the finance committee for the Central Florida Expressway Authority.

The Jacqueline Bradley & Clarence Otis Family Branch Boys & Girls Club of Orlando, Florida opened in 2021.

Bradley and her husband, Clarence Otis, Jr., live in Isleworth, Florida. They have three children, Calvin Otis, Allison Otis, and Randall Otis.

Jacqueline Bradley was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 10, 2021.