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MAY 28-29, 2021

Bernard Loyd, PhD

Saints Class of '79

Bernard Loyd is founder and president of Urban Juncture, Inc. and Urban Juncture Foundation, social enterprises focused on revitalizing urban communities. He leads the Build Bronzeville project, a collaborative effort that uses deeply-rooted community assets, including cuisine, culture, and history, to revitalize commerce and rebuild community in that historic Chicago neighborhood. Build Bronzeville initiatives, including the Bronzeville Incubator, Boxville, Bronzeville Cookin’, The Forum, and Engage Bronzeville, are transforming the retail areas adjacent to the CTA Green Line transit hubs at 51st and 43rd Streets.


Between 1990 and 2003, Bernard helped senior corporate leaders around the world expand existing businesses, create new businesses, and improve operations as a member of the management consulting firm of McKinsey & Company. Bernard’s contributions at McKinsey include co-founding its global Agriculture and Food Chains initiative and leading world-wide client development and service in that arena. He also co-founded and led the firm-wide group of Black consultants, which drove substantial increases in the number of Black consultants at McKinsey and became a model for similar groups at other professional firms. In addition, he co-founded the Chicago Office’s Social Ventures sector and worked with public sector clients to address key regional issues. He was the first African-American elected partner in McKinsey’s Chicago office.

Bernard’s civic efforts are focused on improving access to economic opportunity. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Metropolitan Planning Council. He has served as member and chairman of the Board of Trustees of Centers for New Horizons, as co-chairman of the governor-appointed Dan Ryan Taskforce, and as convener of the Friends of the Checkerboard Lounge. He also has served on the board of trustees of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A native of Chicago’s West Side, Bernard was raised primarily in Liberia. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT, including a doctorate in computational fluid dynamics and a masters of science in business. He and his family reside in Bronzeville.

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