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Martina Bradford

Lawyer Martina Bradford was born on September 14, 1952 in Washington, D.C. to Alma Ashton Lewis and Martin Luther Lewis, Jr. Bradford received her B.A. degree in economics from American University in 1973, and her J.D. degree from Duke University School of Law in 1975.

In 1975, Bradford joined the Interstate Commerce Commission as attorney-director in the finance division, and was later promoted to chief of staff to the vice chairman. At the same time, she served as counsel to the Senate Committee on Government Operations and the House Appropriations Committee. In 1983, Bradford was hired by AT&T as an attorney in the corporate legal department, before moving to the public affairs department. In 1988, she was promoted to vice president of external affairs of the New York/New England region. Two years later, she was appointed vice president for federal government affairs at AT&T, where she lobbied on behalf of the company as lawmakers drafted the 1996 Telecommunications Act. In 1996, Bradford moved to AT&T’s spinoff company, Lucent Technologies, where she served as corporate vice president of global public affairs and helped establish the company with governmental and regulatory bodies. She left Lucent Technologies in 2000 to serve as partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. In 2006, Bradford served as senior advisor for human resources in the office of Senator Harry Reid and directed the Senate Democratic Diversity Initiative. She was appointed deputy sergeant at arms in 2010 and served for three years before joining the Bockorny Group as principal. In 2015, she founded Palladian Hill Strategies, a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C.

Bradford has served on the board of visitors at Duke University Law School and the board of trustees of American University. She also served as vice chairman of the board of trustees of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club and as a member of the board of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States Golf Association. In 1991, Bradford was named one of Black Enterprise’s 21 Women of Power and Influence in Corporate America.

Bradford and her husband have one daughter and reside in Washington, D.C.

Martina Bradford was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 26, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.106

Sex

Female

Interview Date

9/26/2019

Last Name

Bradford

Maker Category
Marital Status

Divorced

Middle Name

Lewis

Occupation
Schools

American University

Duke University School of Law

Duke University Fuqua School of Business

Bishop Henry McNeil Turner Elementary School

Kramer Middle School

Anacostia High School

First Name

Martina

Birth City, State, Country

Washington

HM ID

BRA18

Favorite Season

Fall

State

District of Columbia

Favorite Vacation Destination

Bermuda

Favorite Quote

All The World Is A Stage And Men And Women Are Merely Players

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

District of Columbia

Birth Date

9/14/1952

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Washington

Country

USA

Favorite Food

None

Short Description

Lawyer Martina Bradford (1952- ) served as attorney, vice president of external affairs of the New York/New England region, and vice president of federal government affairs at AT&T before serving as deputy sergeant at arms in 2010.

Employment

Interstate Commerce Commission

Senate Committee on Government Operations

House Appropriations Committee

At&T

Lucent Technologies

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Office of Senator Harry Reid

Senate Democratic Diversity Initiative

United States Senate

The Bockorny Group

Palladian Hill Strategies

Favorite Color

Red

Freddie Lucas

Freddie Hill Lucas was born on January 4, 1936, in Lynchburg, Virginia. Lucas spent most of her childhood years growing up on the campus of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, where both of her parents were professors. Her father, Talmadge Hill, was the coach of Morgan's basketball team and a health instructor and her mother, Frances Hill, was a music professor. In 1952, she earned her high school diploma from Frederick Douglas High School, where she was a member of the volleyball and basketball teams and a member of the National Honor Society.

Lucas earned a bachelor's of science degree from Morgan State College in 1956. Upon graduation she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and studied at the University of Oslo in Norway, where she earned a diploma in physical education. In 1958, she received her MS degree from Pennsylvania State University and later went on to earn her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1964.

From 1958 to 1962, she worked as a physical education teacher at Maryland State College, now known as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where she met her husband, Africare co-founder, C. Payne Lucas. She also worked as an assistant professor at Southern University in 1964. From 1968 until 1976, Lucas worked for J.C. Penny Company where she began her career in the public relations department. She later went on to work in the company's urban affairs section and eventually became the company's first female and African American lobbyist.

In 1976, Lucas joined the staff of General Motors Corporation as its senior Washington representative. After working at GM for nearly twenty years, she and her husband started their own consulting firm, Lodestar, LLC. Lucas is a member of the NAACP, the Industrial Relations Research Association, American League of Lobbyists, National Association of Manufacturers, the Consumer Credit Council and the Women's Advertising Club of America.

She and her husband, C. Payne Lucas, have three grown children and one grandchild.

Accession Number

A2004.058

Sex

Female

Interview Date

5/25/2004

Last Name

Lucas

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Organizations
Schools

Frederick Douglass High School

First Name

Freddie

Birth City, State, Country

Lynchburg

HM ID

LUC02

Favorite Season

Christmas

State

Virginia

Favorite Vacation Destination

Bahamas, Las Vegas, Nevada

Favorite Quote

My Point Is...

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

North Carolina

Interview Description
Birth Date

1/4/1936

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Louisburg

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Fried Chicken

Short Description

Business consultant and lobbyist Freddie Lucas (1936 - ) was the first African American lobbyist at J.C. Penney Corporation, and then worked as a consultant for General Motors. After working at GM for nearly twenty years, she and her husband started their own consulting firm, Lodestar, LLC.

Employment

Maryland State College

Southern University

J.C. Penny Company

General Motors

Lodestar LLC

Favorite Color

Red

DAStories

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10299">Tape: 1 Slating of Freddie Lucas interview</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10300">Tape: 1 Freddie Lucas lists her favorites</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10301">Tape: 1 Freddie Lucas recalls her mother</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10302">Tape: 1 Freddie Lucas remembers her parents</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10303">Tape: 1 Freddie Lucas shares childhood memories</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10304">Tape: 1 Freddie Lucas describes holidays as a child</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10305">Tape: 2 Freddie Lucas describes her childhood community</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10306">Tape: 2 Freddie Lucas shares childhood memories of her community</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10307">Tape: 2 Freddie Lucas recalls her elementary school years</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10308">Tape: 2 Freddie Lucas remembers her church activities</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10309">Tape: 2 Freddie Lucas recounts her middle school experiences</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10310">Tape: 2 Freddie Lucas discusses her high school years</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10311">Tape: 2 Freddie Lucas explains how she chose Maryland Eastern Shore for college</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10312">Tape: 3 Freddie Lucas recalls winning a Fulbright scholarship to study in Norway</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10313">Tape: 3 Freddie Lucas describes her experiences in Norway</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10314">Tape: 3 Freddie Lucas recounts her marriage and early career at Maryland Eastern Shore</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10315">Tape: 3 Freddie Lucas describes leaving Maryland Eastern Shore to teach at Southern University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10316">Tape: 3 Freddie Lucas describes her trip to Africa</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10317">Tape: 3 Freddie Lucas explains how she got into public relations at JC Penny Company</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10318">Tape: 3 Freddie Lucas describes the corporate culture at JC Penny's in the late 1960s and early 1970s</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10319">Tape: 3 Freddie Lucas recounts becoming the first black female corporate lobbyist</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10320">Tape: 4 Freddie Lucas details her transition from Penny's to GM</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10321">Tape: 4 Freddie Lucas describes her work as a lobbyist on Capitol Hill</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10322">Tape: 4 Freddie Lucas discusses changes on Capitol Hill since the 1980s</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10323">Tape: 4 Freddie Lucas recounts balancing work and family life</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10324">Tape: 4 Freddie Lucas shares how she'd like to be remembered</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10325">Tape: 4 Freddie Lucas discusses her husband's work with Africare</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/10326">Tape: 4 Freddie Lucas reflects on her best accomplishments</a>