Jim Neal

Contributing writer to The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast. I also evaluate private equity assets, fund IT/healthcare/SRI entities and incubate social impact ventures. Serve as Manager of the NC Sustainable Community Fund which invests in affordable housing projects in rural communities. During 2003-2004, served on the National Campaign Finance Committees for the Kerry-Edwards and Wes Clark presidential campaigns.

Candidate for the U.S. Senate Democratic primary in NC in 2008, finishing second while winning a quarter of a million votes, the most tallied in NC history by any runner-up in a Senate primary in over 60 years. Received national acclaim as the second openly gay person in American history to run for the Senate.

Prior stints as senior investment banking executive and CEO of two start-up companies in the healthcare and information technology sectors. In 2002 served as member of a blue ribbon task force of the Partnership for New York City that made recommendations to Mayor Bloomberg on post-9/11 strategies to broaden New York City's economic base.

Guest lecturer on politics in America and a featured guest on CNBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, SiriusXM and NPR. Father of two sons. Sand between my toes, writing, reading, travel, cooking, conversation and tracking grizzly bears are favorite pastimes.