Terrence L. Bracy
Terrence L. Bracy is the former chair emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, an independent federal agency based in Tucson, Arizona. The Foundation was established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to honor the 30 year legacy of public service by Congressman Mo Udall.
Bracy served as an aide to Congressman Udall from 1966-1976. In this position, he worked on important reform measures, including the Alaska Native Claims Act, the Campaign Reform Acts of 1971 and 1974, the Colorado River Basin Act of 1968, as well as numerous other bills dealing with parks and wilderness, clean energy technologies, and governmental reorganization. Bracy also worked on Congressman Udall's presidential campaign in 1976.
In 1994, Bracy was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Board of Trustees and subsequently elected the first chair of the Udall Foundation. He was reappointed by President Clinton in 1998 and by President George W. Bush in 2006. Bracy led the Foundation from its first class of Udall Scholars in 1995. Under his leadership, the Foundation also created the Native American Internship on Capitol Hill, cofounded the Native Nations Institute, and accepted from Congress the stewardship of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.
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 has written numerous articles on public affairs issues for many periodicals, including The New York Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Washington Post, and the Arizona Daily Star.
Bracy currently serves as the chief executive officer of Bracy Tucker Brown & Valanzano, a consultancy firm in Washington, D.C., with clientele that includes Fortune 500 companies, major U.S. cities, airports, Native American tribes, Asian and European concerns, and the U.S. government. Bracy has frequently testified before Congress. He played a key role in the adoption of the Elwha River Ecosystem and Fisheries Restoration Act that provides for efforts to restore the fisheries and ecosystem of the Elwha River basin in Washington State.
Early in his career, Bracy was news editor at the NBC affiliate in Tucson, Arizona. 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. In addition, in 1979, he directed the Carter administration's initiative to "reinvent the auto," the first federal effort to modernize Detroit. Bracy has been a guest lecturer at the Brookings Institution, Harvard University, the University of Missouri, and St. Louis University. In 2010, he was named Special Lecturer, Washington Program, at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.