Board President & Facilities Committee Chair
New Island Capital
VP, Real Estate Portfolio
Parren James is an East Oakland resident and a father of three. He started his professional career as an engineer at Sprint and completed a leadership development rotational program in North Carolina before deciding to pursue a career in real estate. His formal real estate career began in Chicago at a subsidiary of Perlmutter Investment Company, a family office with both institutional and high net worth investors. In 2014, Parren relocated to California and opened a consulting practice serving his former employer and clients like, MacFarlane Partners. Most recently, Mr. James worked on the highly acclaimed and awarded Park Tower office development in San Francisco as a part of the real estate equity team at MetLife Investment Management. Mr. James has now merged his passions for the environment and communities in a new role at impact investment advisor, New Island Capital. Mr. James holds a MBA in Real Estate and Finance from the University of Michigan and a BS in Mathematics from Hampton University.