Bernard Winograd, a Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) sponsor since 2004, died on March 1, 2014, at the age of 63. An eminently successful business executive, Winograd was passionate about education and he took his responsibilities as a JRF sponsor quite to heart. “His support for our Scholars was much more than financial,” said JRF President and CEO Della Britton Baeza. “A popular speaker on college campuses, Bernard often sought out JRF Scholars to take out to lunch or dinner, often engaging them in spirited conversations –the kind of thing they remember forever. He made it clear that he cared about our young people and their development. I very much wish we had more supporters and advocates like Bernard was.”
In 2004, Winograd helped to launch the JRF-Prudential partnership, but notably he personally sponsored four JRF Scholars, two of whom will graduate from college in 2016.
Winograd was born on December 31, 1950, in Detroit, Michigan. He attended the University of Chicago, graduating in 1970 with a B.A. in social sciences. During his career, he worked for the Bendix Corporation, the United States Treasury Department (where he was executive assistant to Secretary of the Treasury W. Michael Blumenthal), and Taubman Centers, Inc. In 1996, he joined Prudential to lead its real estate investment operations. In 2002, he started at Prudential Financial, where he was senior vice president and then executive vice president and chief operating officer, and also at Prudential Investment Management, where he was president and chief executive officer. He retired in 2011 but stayed involved in JRF for which were terrifically grateful. Our deepest condolences go out especially to Carol, his wife of almost 40 years.