James N. Bailey

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"Jim is the co-founder of Cambridge Associates. He received his BA degree magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1969, after which he enrolled in the first class of Harvard Business and Harvard Law School

"joint program. There in 1973 he received his MBA and JD degrees from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, respectively. Upon graduation, Jim, along with co-founder Hunter Lewis, formed Cambridge Associates to provide investment and financial planning to nonprofit, endowed institutions. Harvard became Cambridge Associates’ first client in July of 1973 when Harvard’s new Treasurer, George Putnam, Jr. hired the firm to conduct a comprehensive study of endowment practices, which led to the creation of the Harvard Management Company, Inc.

"Jim is also co-founder, Treasurer, and Director of The Plymouth Rock Company, Direct Response Corporation, and Homeowner's Direct Corporation, all U.S. personal lines insurance companies. In addition, he serves as a director of AIMCO, the largest U.S. multi-family apartment Real Estate Investment Trust, and he is an Overseer of the New England Aquarium. Jim is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and the American Bar Associations."[1]


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  1. Cambridge Associates About, organizational web page, accessed July 20, 2013.