Parren James

Board President & Facilities Committee Chair

New Island Capital

Senior Vice President, New Island Capital Management


Parren James is an East Oakland resident and a father of three.  He started his professional career as an engineer before deciding to pursue a career in real estate. His formal real estate career began in Chicago at a subsidiary of Perlmutter Investment Company. In 2014, Parren relocated to California and opened a consulting practice serving his former employer and clients like, MacFarlane Partners. Later, 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. Today he serves as a Senior Vice President at New Island Capital Management, where he is focused on sustainable real estate and impact investments. Mr. James holds a MBA in Real Estate and Finance from the University of Michigan and a BS in Mathematics from Hampton University. 

Aurum Prep Middle School Oakland