Adrian E. Bracy, MBA, CPA, began as the chief executive officer for YWCA Metro St. Louis on Aug. 17, 2009. Although she moved here from Arizona to assume the position, she is no stranger to St. Louis having previously worked for more than a decade as an executive for the St. Louis Rams. She left to become chief financial officer for the Arizona Cardinals in 2007.
Bracy has more than 20 years of senior management finance experience with professional sports teams that include the St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals and the Miami Dolphins/Joe Robbie Stadium. Her strong background in financial management is complimented by her talents for overseeing long-term business objectives, human resources, risk management and building strong relationships with local communities. She has served on a number of non-profit boards, including that of YWCA Metro St. Louis.
What brings her back to St. Louis is what she says is her calling: “to inspire and make a difference in the lives of women and girls.” The YWCA mission, “eliminating racism and empowering women,” is the right fit at the right time in her career and life.
Bracy has received numerous awards throughout her career including: the African-American Women of Distinction Award; Black Enterprise 50 Most Powerful Blacks in Sports Award; Black Enterprise 50 Most Powerful Black Women in Business; St. Louis Business Journal Most Influential Business Women Award and the YWCA Leaders of Distinction Award in Corporate Management.
She is a lifetime member of the National Association of Black Accountants and the National Black MBA Association. She graduated from Morgan State University in Baltimore with a degree in accounting and has a master’s degree in business administration from Nova Southeastern University. She also has completed the Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Leadership Programs.
She and her husband, Vernon, have one son, Donovan.