Mark Bradford has served as President of the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation, USA, based in Philadelphia, PA, since July 1, 2012. Prior to that he was the Executive Vice President at The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) where his responsibilities included managing the daily operations of the Center, promotion of the Center's programs, fund-raising, and constituent relations. After many years in secondary education and then as a seminary professor, Mark turned his attention to business administration, first as a head of school for a small Catholic prep school, before joining the staff of the NCBC.
The Jérôme Lejeune Foundation was founded in 1996 and is the world’s largest private funder of research into Down syndrome and other genetic intellectual disabilities. With offices in Paris and Philadelphia, the Foundation seeks to provide hope to families, and to fund the most promising research being conducted throughout the world to improve the lives of those living with genetic intellectual disabilities. The Foundation’s mission is based upon three closely joined pillars of activity: research, care, and advocacy, all carried out in a spirit of profound respect for the dignity of all human persons.
Mark is married to his wife Denise, and together they have 7 children, one of which is blessed with an extra 21st chromosome.