Brad Leibov brings a systems perspective to our major environmental, food, and agricultural challenges. As a systems thinker and social innovator, Brad seeks to understand the underlying dynamics of our political and economic systems, and has over 20 years of experience developing innovative strategies to solve societal challenges.
As President and CEO of the Liberty Prairie Foundation, Brad guides the vision and strategic direction of a leading environmental philanthropy with pioneering programs in sustainable agriculture, landscape conservation, and regional policy. While at Liberty Prairie, Brad uses his position to broker sustainable systems change, and has structured several interventions to expand the supply of sustainable local food in the Chicago region through policy advancement, demonstration projects, and innovative cross-sectoral partnerships.
Brad is also the founder of Dragonfly Trust, a project of the Global Philanthropy Partnership. Dragonfly Trust is a philanthropy dedicated to building a more livable and sustainable world through inventive public policy. Dragonfly builds upon Liberty Prairie’s regional policy efforts by leveraging philanthropic capital with leading innovators to design and apply policy solutions to bring about broader societal change. Dragonfly, Liberty Prairie, and their network of leading innovators are currently evaluating the policy environment nationally and in Illinois to better understand the key factors which can make significant impact in influencing the future success of sustainable local food and agriculture in the state and beyond.
Brad lives in Wilmette, Illinois with his wife and their two children. Prior to his work with Liberty Prairie and Dragonfly, he co-founded and served as Principal with Terra Firma Co., and previously founded and served as President of New Chicago Fund. He is a graduate of DePaul University and holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Brad serves on the Board of the Liberty Prairie Foundation, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) where he serves as Vice-Chair, and Fresh Taste where he served as Co-Chair from 2012 to 2017.
Brad can be reached at brad(at)libertyprairie.org or 847-548-4062 x16.