LONGTIME UDALL FOUNDATION CHAIR

STEPS DOWN


Bill Bradley and Terry Bracy

Terrence L. Bracy, who has chaired the Udall Foundation board of trustees for 17 years, stepped down from that role at the end of October 2011. Bracy has led the board of the independent federal agency from its inception in late 1994 to the important government role it plays today.

The Foundation was established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to honor the 30-year legacy of public service by Congressman Morris K. Udall and expanded in 2009 to honor Former Interior Secretary Stewart L. Udall. The Foundation is governed by a board of trustees whose members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Bracy was elected chair at the first meeting of the board in October 1994 and has remained chair throughout his three terms on the board.

"Terry's dedicated service has been critical to advancing the tremendous legacies of Mo and Stewart Udall," said Senator John McCain of Arizona. "I wish him the best."

"Terry served many years to make sure the Udall legacy would be enshrined in the national consciousness, not just today but in the future," said Congressman Raúl Grijalva of Arizona. "He has the sincere thanks of all of us who know how important the Udall Foundation and its work are to this country. I was happy to work with him, and he will be missed."

Ellen Wheeler, executive director of the Udall Foundation notes, "Terry was instrumental in developing and advancing the programs of the Foundation. The Udall Foundation would not be the organization it is today without his involvement. Long after he steps down, Terry's presence will continue to be felt throughout our programs."

Bracy served as an aide to Congressman Mo Udall from 1966–1976. He also worked on Congressman Udall's presidential campaign in 1976. In 1994, Bracy was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the board of trustees. He was reappointed by President Clinton in 1998, and by President George W. Bush in 2006. Bracy led the Foundation in creating the Udall Scholarship, which had its first class of scholarship recipients in 1995. Under his leadership, the Foundation also created the Native American Congressional Internship on Capitol Hill, cofounded the Native Nations Institute, and accepted from Congress the stewardship of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.

"Terry Bracy is the closest thing to an irreplaceable person that an institution could have," says Anne J. Udall, vice chair of the board of the Udall Foundation. "Everyone knows the key role Terry has played in helping to build the Foundation from the ground up."

"It was a difficult decision to not seek an additional term on the board of the Udall Foundation," said Terry Bracy. "Playing a role in creating and growing this institution has been one of the greatest personal and professional joys of my career. That said, I have every confidence that our staff and our board will continue pushing our mission forward, and I look forward to playing an appropriate ongoing role with the Foundation."

In 1964, Bracy received his undergraduate degree from St. Louis University. He received his graduate degree in political science from the University of Arizona. Bracy currently serves as the chief executive officer of Bracy Tucker Brown & Valanzano, a consultancy firm in Washington, D.C. Early in his career, Bracy was news editor at the NBC affiliate in Tucson, Ariz. He also taught courses in American government at the University of Arizona. In January 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed Bracy to the post of assistant secretary of transportation. In that capacity, he acted as the U.S. Department of Transportation's liaison to Congress, the White House, governors and mayors, and the press. He led successful efforts to place the first user fee on the nation's waterway system and implemented measures by Congress for higher mileage standards and airbags.

There was a dinner on October 27, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz., to honor Bracy and his distinguished service to the Udall Foundation. Bill Bradley, former three-term U.S. Senator from New Jersey and 2000 Presidential candidate, was the keynote speaker at the dinner.

The Udall Foundation Board of Trustees elected Eric Eberhard, who has been a member of the board of trustees since 2000, as the new chair. Eberhard is a distinguished Indian law practitioner in residence at the Law School at Seattle University. From 1995 to 2009, he was a partner in the Seattle office of Dorsey and Whitney LLP. From 1989 to 1995, he served as the general counsel and staff director on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs for Senator John McCain.


Eric Eberhard at the October 27, 2011, dinner