Gene Dobbs Bradford

President and CEO of Jazz St. Louis

Mr. Bradford has headed Jazz St. Louis since 1999. During that time, he has built the organization’s contributed and earned income from $375,000 to $3.5 million today and led the organization through a $8.5 million capital campaign to develop the Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz. He has overseen the expansion of Jazz St. Louis programming and education and outreach programs that have reached over 170,000 students. Mr. Bradford has received many honors, including the 2018 St. Louis Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts, St. Louis Business Journal’s “40 Under 40,” “Most Influential People,” and “Inclusive Leadership” awards as well as being named the “2014 Non-profit Executive of the Year” by the St. Louis American Foundation, he was given the “Excellence in Leadership and Civic Engagement” award from the Royal Vagabonds, and a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from the Webster Groves Arts Commission. Under his direction, Jazz St. Louis received the 2006 “Excellence in the Arts” award from the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis, the 2011 Missouri Arts Award, and a “What’s Right with the Region” award from Focus St. Louis. Mr. Bradford directs the Arts Management and Leadership Program at Webster University.