Vice President for Advancement Communications
Jeff joined GG+A in 2010 as Vice President, Advancement Communications. He brings to advancement writing deep knowledge of the higher education community that comes from both teaching and fundraising, a journalist’s skill in conducting research and producing quality prose on deadline, and a storyteller’s gift for touching the heart while captivating the mind. He has the rare ability to capture the voice of an institution and use it to inspire and motivate people to give.
Jeff’s clients have included MIT, Williams College, Johns Hopkins University, various schools of the University of Chicago, Cornell, SUNY Oswego, Babson College, Fort Lewis College, and the University of Delaware. He has written for the Boston Museum of Science, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, as well as The Lawrenceville School, the Taft School and the Nightingale-Bamford School. For the medical community, Jeff has written campaign materials for the Deaconess Hospital in Boston, the medical school of the University of Chicago, and hospitals in Colorado and California.
Jeff grew up in the storytelling region of the Southern Appalachians. He began his writing career as a part-time correspondent for The New York Times, Time, and Newsweek, reporting on environmental issues, providing commentary on gospel disc jockeys, and writing feature stories about Tennessee.
In 1979, Jeff was invited to join the Expository Writing Program at Harvard University, where he taught first year students for eight years, dissuading hundreds of them from their notion that the five-paragraph essay was the epitome of Western literature. In 1986, he joined the Harvard Development Office as the senior writer, penning annual fundraising letters to his former students, many of whom were, by then, wealthy alumni. After three years of learning the craft, Jeff became a freelance development writer specializing in campaign case statements and supporting materials for colleges, museums, independent schools, and medical centers.
Jeff also worked for three years as the manager of development communications for National Jewish Health, a medical and research center in Denver. He has also written six non-fiction books.
Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
- Asia Society
- The University of Chicago
- The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
- Cornell University
- University of Delaware
- Durham University
- Episcopal High School Baton Rouge
- Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
- The George Washington University
- The University of Georgia, Terry College of Business
- Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center
- La Salle University
- Loma Linda University Health
- Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
- The Regional Medical Center at Memphis
- United States Naval Academy Foundation
- Vanderbilt University
- Washington University in St. Louis
View Past Webinars
Making Resolutions for Your Annual Fund's New Year
June 9, 201140||171
Participation Before Graduation: Practical Tips for Persuading Young Alums to Give
Presented by Jeff Bradley
September 9, 2010171
Data Segmentation and Communication Strategies
October 6, 2011194||171||200