Sanford Cloud, Jr., is the chairman and CEO of The Cloud Company, LLC, a real estate development and business investment firm. He is the former president and chief executive officer of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), a human relations organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry, and racism in America and promoting understanding among all races, religions, and cultures.
Cloud also helped found National Voices for an Inclusive 21st Century, a collaboration of national human relations and civil rights organizations. Internationally, Cloud represented NCCJ as a member of President Carter’s delegation to oversee the first Palestinian elections in Jerusalem.
Cloud currently serves on the Board of Directors of Northeast Utilities, and is its lead director; The Phoenix Companies, Inc.; The Back9 Network, for which he is chairman of the board; Ironwood Mezzanine Fund LP; the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center; the University of Connecticut Health Center, for which he is chairman of the board; the Fund for Greater Hartford; and the Connecticut Health Foundation, for which he also serves as chairman of the board. In addition, Cloud is active in a wide range range of philanthropic leadership organizations.
Before coming to NCCJ, Cloud was a partner in the law firm of Robinson & Cole in Hartford, Conn. Through much of the 1980s, he worked for Aetna Inc. as vice president, corporate public involvement, and executive director of the Aetna Foundation. As chair of the company’s Corporate Responsibility Investment Committee, he directed Aetna’s socially responsible investments.
A former two-term Connecticut State Senator, Cloud’s accomplishments included primary sponsorship of legislation creating the state’s first Department of Housing.
Born and raised in Hartford, Conn., Cloud is a 1966 graduate of Howard University’s College of Liberal Arts and a 1969 graduate of the Howard University Law School. In 1992, he received an MA in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary.
Cloud has been recognized with many honors and awards for his lifelong dedication to promoting civil and human rights. In 1998, he received The Spirit of Anne Frank, Outstanding Citizen Award from the Anne Frank Center USA. More recently, he and his family received the Passing of the Torch Award from the Anti-Defamation League for their service to the community. He is the recipient of the Visionary Award from the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association and the Thurgood Marshall Award from Quinnipiac University School of Law.