Board Member: Leonard James, III
Leonard James, III, Corporate Policy Advisor, Exxon Mobil Corporation provides support to community outreach and advocacy activities for ExxonMobil's Corporate Issues Management & Advocacy and Corporate Citizenship and Community Investments Centers of Excellence.
His career includes various assignments within ExxonMobil Marketing's fuel products organization including most recently as U.S. Business Development and Multi-cultural Marketing Manager where he was responsible for retailer diversity, including development and implementation of initiatives to increase the number of minority retailers. He was also responsible for positioning ExxonMobil's corporate image and the Exxon and Mobil brands within ethnic communities in major metropolitan areas where ExxonMobil markets fuels products. Field sales assignments as sales representatives, district sales manager, and TBA area manager have enabled him to develop an extensive background in retail marketing throughout the U. S. In addition to his sales experience, he served as an advisor within ExxonMobil's advertising and credit card departments, and vice president of Exxon Travel Club, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Exxon Corporation.
A native of Tuscumbia, Alabama, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in statistics from the University of Alabama and a Master of Business Administration degree from Louisiana State University.
Leonard is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and is active in professional and civic organizations including service on several boards and as a member in a variety of organizations. He is chairman; former vice president of Policy and Administration and member of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA®) national Board of Directors and its executive committee; former Advisory Board and vice president of Operations of the NBMBAA - Houston Chapter; member of the Corporate Advisory Board of the League of United Latin America Citizens (LULAC); member of the Board of Directors of the National Civil Rights Museum; chairman of the Economic Development Committee and member of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Board of Directors and its executive committee; former member of the Jack and Jill Foundation Advisory Board; former member of the Tavis Smiley Foundation national Board of Directors; former member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors and past president of the University of Houston Athletic Foundation (HAF); the former chairman of the Board of Commissions for Governmental Ethics for the City of Baton Rouge, LA and East Baton Rouge Parish; former president of the National Association of Travel Associations; a life member of the NBMBAA; a silver life member of the NAACP; a Buffalo Soldier trooper; a member of the 100 Black Men of America; and an advisory board member to the University of Houston's C.T. Bauer College of Business International Institute for Diversity & Cross-Cultural Management.
Leonard is actively involved with ExxonMobil's employee networks. He is a former member of the steering committee of the Black Employee Success Team (BEST), past president of BEST Fairfax, VA chapter, and is an advisor to the Global Organization for the Advancement of Latinos. He has served as a mentor to dozens of business associates, as well as young people to make a difference in other companies and industries nationally. Leonard's passions are providing leadership to the organizations he serves, making a difference in the community in which he lives, and working with young people and helping them make a difference in the community in which they live.