Alumnus Brace Clement
Current Location: Chicago, IL
Hometown: Chicago, IL
UIS Degree: B.A. 2006 (Political Studies)
Other Degree and Service: MBA 2013, University of Wisconsin-Madison; 2000-2006, United States Marine Corps – Operation Iraqi Freedom
Current Position: Stay-at-home parent
Brace Clement is an experienced professional of over 15 years on a career break after a four year career with Starbucks Coffee Company in Seattle, WA. During his time at Starbucks, he worked as a Senior Financial Analyst, a Staffing Program Manager, and prior to his full time roles, as an MBA Finance Treasury Intern with the corporation while earning a master’s degree.
Prior to joining Starbucks, he worked as the Administrative Director for the Illinois Technology Development Account with the Office of the Illinois State Treasurer in Chicago, and then as the Director of the Veterans Assistance Commission in Chicago, before moving to Seattle.
“In 2007, I was one of 30 young leaders selected to participate in the Hopefund Project by then Illinois Senator Barack Obama. The project trained us to be leaders in state and federal campaigns for the 2008 election. After the election, I served as the Administrative Director for the IL Technology Development Account, under the Illinois State Treasurer. I was working with area venture capitalists and private equity firms to improve the startup community in the state. In my current role with Starbucks Coffee Company, I am involved in several exciting initiatives such as the Square-Starbucks partnership and providing financial guidance to the first-of-its-kind Soluble Coffee Plant in Georgia.”
Brace has recently embraced the important role of stay-at-home parent to his one-year-old son Broyce. He and his wife of 4 years, Michelle, reside in Chicago, IL.
A graduate of Rich Central High School in Olympia Fields, he started his college career at Prairie State College. He transferred from Prairie State College to the University of Illinois Springfield, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies with a minor in Communication. Brace continued on to receive a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin School of Business.
Brace was very involved during his time as a student. While attending Prairie State College, he served as a Senator and President of the Student Government Association. At UIS, he was a member of the Phi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society, Parliamentarian and Campus Senator for the Student Government Association, and Illinois General Assembly Scholar. At the University of Wisconsin, he was a recipient of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Fellowship.
“My proudest moment at UIS was when I worked with Terri Jackson to organize the UIS Student Lobby Day in 2003. Putting the event together, I had the chance to speak with other student leaders, university staff, and administrative leaders about the current challenges and concerns of the university and its students. I was able to take those messages to the Assembly to be discussed with political leaders. I felt like I was doing something to better the school.”
A Life of Service
A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Brace served for six years as a reservist as well as in active duty, including two tours in Iraq. During his service, he was recognized as a Graduated Honor Man of Basic Training Platoon. He also received several awards for valor and leadership in operations and exercises, including the Iraq Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and Meritorious Service Ribbon.
Brace has served as a Community Building Committee member for United Way of King County, a board member of the Seattle Chapter of Communities in Schools, and a board member of the Seattle Chapter of the University of Wisconsin Alumni Chapter. He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
“I think UIS helped me understand what a servant leader is all about. Myself, and a few other students started looking for ways to engage the student body while we were there. We did that through UIS Blue Crew, student-led leadership development programs and volunteer efforts throughout the city.”