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Jim Neal is a community leader and Democratic activist who was a candidate for the US Senate in 2008. He serves as the Chairman a consultancy that advises institutional investors in the valuation of certain portfolio assets and the analysis of public policy relevant to those institutions’ thematic investments. In 2007 he announced his candidacy for the US Senate as a first-time candidate. He was the Democratic challenger to Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), subsequently opposed in the primary by Kay Hagan. Despite finishing second to Hagan, Jim garnered a quarter-of-a-million votes, the highest total received in NC history by a runner-up in a Senate primary. He received national acclaim as only the second openly gay person in US history to run for the Senate. Jim served as a member of the Board of Governors of The New School from 2002 until 2006. He has served on numerous corporate and civic boards including the Investment Association of New York, United Medical Industrial Group of China, The Alliance for the Arts, The Children’s Bureau of Los Angeles, Project Open Hand, and the Michel Fund. He was formerly a lay minister for the Episcopal Diocese of New York and has served as an overnight monitor at homeless shelters, sponsor of a refugee family to the United States, mentor to an ESL middle school student, parent board member at an elementary school and volunteer at a facility for the mentally challenged. In the aftermath of 9/11, he served on an economic task force formed by The New York City Partnership-a highly regarded business and civic organization founded by David Rockefeller- where Jim oversaw a working group that made recommendations to Mayor Michael Bloomberg on tactics to grow New York’s economic base. In 2004 Jim was a member of the 2004 National Campaign Finance Committees for the Wes Clark and John Kerry presidential campaigns. Mr. Neal has been a lecturer at the University of North Carolina, DePaul University and The New School and a featured guest on CNBC, CBS, Fox, ABC and NPR. He is currently a member of the the Board of Advisors of the North Carolina Justice Center’s Leadership Council and a contributing writer to The Huffington Post. Jim is a native of Greensboro, NC. He lives in Chapel Hill, NC and is the father of two adult sons. He is writing a book on contemporary American political dynamics.


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