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Les Bond, Jr.

Investment banker Leslie Bond, Jr. was born on July 18, 1957 to Leslie Bond, Sr., a prominent surgeon, and Anita Lyons Bond, a civil rights activist, in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended and graduated from St. Louis Country Day School in 1963, and went on to attend Princeton University, where he earned his B.A. degree in public and international affairs as a Woodrow Wilson Scholar in 1979. He then received both his J.D. degree and M.M. degree in finance in marketing from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 1983.

Bond was hired by the King & Spalding law firm in Atlanta, Georgia in 1983, making the firm’s first African American partner. Their clients included The Coca-Cola Company, General Electric, and General Motors. In 1986, he was appointed deputy general counsel for the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority of Chicago where he was responsible for the development and financing for the expansion projects of both Navy Pier and McCormick Place. Bond was subsequently hired as general counsel to the Comptroller of St. Louis, Missouri, where he had additional responsibilities as fiscal manager of external finance. In 1996, he co-founded Columbia Capital Management, a firm that provided advisory services to municipal bond issuers and borrowers, as well as investment assistance to local governments. He served as senior managing director of their investment advisory group until 2001, when he co-founded another company, Attucks Asset Management in Chicago, where he served as CEO. Attucks Asset Management specialized in providing investment assistance for diverse and emerging managers. In 2011, he was appointed to serve on the Chicago Plan Commission, which was responsible for reviewing proposals involving planned developments and districts, as well as the Lakefront Protection Ordinance. He was reappointed to this position by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel in 2016.

Bond resides in Chicago, where he has served on the boards of the National Association of Securities Professionals, the Marshall Faulk Foundation, the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation, and MOBILE Care Foundation. He has also been a member of the Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs and the New American Alliance.

Leslie Bond, Jr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 11, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.063

Sex

Male

Interview Date

7/11/2019

Last Name

Bond

Maker Category
Marital Status

Single

Occupation
Schools

Princeton University

Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Business

Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS)

First Name

Les

Birth City, State, Country

St. Louis

HM ID

BON04

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Missouri

Favorite Vacation Destination

Any Beach

Favorite Quote

Don't Quit

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Illinois

Birth Date

7/18/1957

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Chicago

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Soul Food, Collard Greens, Smoked Meats, Mac And Cheese

Short Description

Investment banker Leslie Bond, Jr. (1957 - ) was the first African American partner at the law firm King & Spalding before he co-founded two investment advisory firms: Columbia Capital Management and Attucks Asset Management.

Employment

King and Spalding

City of Chicago

Comptroller's Office; City of St. Louis

Columbia Capital Management

Attucks Asset Management

Favorite Color

Blue