Brad Nelson
Brad Nelson

Brad Nelson Associate Regional Director, Central & East Region – Foundation & Institutional Advisors

Joined Northern Trust



  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance, University of Iowa
  • Certificate in Risk Management and Insurance, Vaughan Institute, University of Iowa


  • FINRA Series 7 - General Securities Representative
  • FINRA Series 63 - Uniform Securities Agent State Law
  • FINRA SIE - Securities Industry Essentials


Brad is an Associate Regional Director responsible for providing holistic solutions that combine sophisticated investment and advisory expertise with a spectrum of value-added services exclusively for foundations, endowments and other nonprofit organizations. He has more than 10 years of experience in financial services, wealth management and asset management.


Prior to joining Northern Trust Wealth Management's Foundation & Institutional Advisors practice in 2022, Brad spent seven years with Northern Trust Asset Management's Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (OCIO) practice, focusing on delivering investment advisory/discretionary services to corporate, endowment and foundation clients.

Before joining Northern Trust in 2015, Brad worked at Willis Re for three years, where he served as a Reinsurance Treaty Analyst in its Professional Liability practice.

Community Involvement

Because of his wife's role as a pediatric cardiac intensive care nurse, Brad and his wife enjoy volunteering their time with the Ronald McDonald Charities, serving meals to families with children in the hospital.