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Bernard D. Whitsett, II 

Bernard D. Whitsett, II earned a BA in Economics and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia and a MBA in Finance and Managerial Economics from the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.   Bernard has spent his career in the investment industry, first working in Chicago, IL for two money center banks.  Then relocating to New York where he was VP, Underwriting Manager and Head Federal Agency Trader for a prominent investment bank. He later worked at Prudential Investments as Manager Director/Principal and Senior Portfolio Manager where he was Assistant Head of the Short Term Fixed Income Desk, a business unit with $46 Billion AUM.  Currently, Bernard works with fellow professionals identifying and pursuing consulting and business opportunities from Northern Virginia to NYC. Bernard has served on many boards in the communities he has resided.  In the Charlottesville area, board memberships include but are not limited to the Charlottesville’s Regional Chamber Business Diversity Council, the Face Project, Tandem Friends School, UVA’s Ridley Scholarship, and 100 Black Men of Central Virginia.  He was appointed and served on Albemarle County’s Citizens Resource Advisory Committee. Bernard is a life member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and served as the Graduate Advisor to the undergraduate chapter at UVA. Bernard is married to Mrs. Andrea Copeland-Whitsett. Bernard is the proud father of three sons: Bernard DePriest (III), Jackson Lightfoot, and Neal Easton.