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Obama Foundation Adds Alfreda Bradley-Coar to the Executive Team as Chief Legal Officer

October 26, 2021 at 9:00 AM CDT

CHICAGO — Today the Obama Foundation announced that Alfreda Bradley-Coar, an accomplished corporate executive and business advisor, will join the Foundation’s team as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. In this role, Bradley-Coar will lead all aspects of the Foundation’s legal affairs including those related to the design, construction, and operations of the Obama Presidential Center.

"Alfreda has deep experience in the corporate and non-profit spaces helping create dynamic teams and drive organizations to successfully fulfill their missions,” said Valerie Jarrett, President of the Obama Foundation. “She brings a much needed energy and breadth of knowledge to the team."

During her 23 years at General Electric (GE), Bradley-Coar held senior operational, general counsel, customer experience, and leadership roles in global divisions in the healthcare, insurance, and financial services divisions. Over the course of her tenure at GE, she managed and transformed business and law departments including legal, compliance, regulatory, product and licensing. Bradley-Coar was an architect of diversity and inclusion, change management and talent development initiatives, including being a National Operating Leader for the GE African American Forum.

Bradley-Coar is a long-time resident of Chicago and is actively involved in civic and community efforts as a Board Director for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago State University Foundation, and as a Strategy Advisor Committee Member of Advocate Aurora Health. She is a member of several national organizations including, Executive Leadership Council (ELC) and Black Directors Health Equity Agenda, Inc.

“It’s an honor to join an organization with a mission rooted in inspiring and empowering the next generation of leaders. From programs on the South Side of Chicago to communities around the world, from the Presidential Center’s digital ecosystem to connect the world to the development of leaders tackling society's most difficult issues -- it’s all about impact,” says Bradley-Coar.

Bradley-Coar has an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and a BA, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.

Bradley-Coar will join the Foundation on November 1.