Brad Drazen, an award-winning former anchor and reporter at NBC Connecticut, has been appointed Vice President, Communications and Marketing at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. He comes to the Foundation from United Technologies Corporation, where he has served as the Associate Director of Public Relations and Communications.
"Brad is an experienced, dynamic communicator and storyteller who knows how to craft communications that engage, resonate and catalyze action," said Hartford Foundation President Jay Williams. "As the Foundation embarks on a new strategic direction, we are looking for more ways to tap into the talent, resources and perspective of all residents and community partners. We are grateful to have Brad join our executive leadership team as we work toward greater racial, geographic and economic inclusion, helping to ensure Greater Hartford reaches its full potential as a vibrant, thriving and contributing force for regional and state prosperity."
A resident of West Hartford, Drazen has served on the boards of several Hartford area nonprofit organizations including the Mandell Jewish Community Center, The Open Hearth and the Interval House Men Make a Difference Campaign. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Central Connecticut State University and Eastern Connecticut State University.
"The work of the Hartford Foundation changes lives," said Drazen. "I look forward to collaborating with Jay and the rest of the team to illuminate that important work. I have spent the past two decades telling stories about the dedicated and passionate people of greater Hartford, and I relish the opportunity to shine a light on the remarkable individuals whose ability to persevere lifts up our communities."
Drazen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and English from Dartmouth College and earned a Master of Business Administration from UCLA Anderson. He and his wife, Lauren, have three children.
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for Hartford and 28 surrounding communities. Made possible by the gifts of generous individuals, families and organizations, the Foundation has awarded grants of more than $758 million since its founding in 1925. For more information about the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, visit www.hfpg.org or call 860-548-1888.