Fairfield County’s Community Foundation CEO named one of the Most Influential Black Corporate Directors

Juanita T. James

Juanita T. James

Savoy Magazine announced their 2016 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors this month. Juanita T. James, CEO and president, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation was selected by Savoy Magazine and included in this prestigious list, because of her role as a director of the Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. headquartered in Duluth, Ga. The announcement of the Power 300: 2016 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors listing was made with the release of Savoy’s Summer issue.

Savoy’s Most Influential Black Corporate Directory is the premier listing of African-American executives, influencers and achievers contributing leadership to corporate boards.     

“Savoy continues to be at the forefront of comprehensive coverage of the professional success and achievements of African Americans.” said L.P. Green, II, CEO & Publisher of Savoy Magazine. “It is our duty to chronicle these inspiring executives, their distinguished careers and the corporations that demonstrate inclusive board composition in Savoy. We offer congratulations and appreciation to the directors recognized in Savoy’s Most Influential Black Corporate Directors edition for their inspiring leadership.”

According to Savoy Magazine, in addition to her corporate directorship, Juanita also plays a community leadership role. She is a corporator for First County Bank, and a trustee of Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., as well as a trustee Emerita of Princeton University. Her commitment to the community has been acknowledged with numerous honors and awards including: NAACP “100 Most Influential Blacks in CT,” “Achievement Award” from the Greater New York Chapter of Links and the Stamford “Citizen of the Year” Award.

“I am truly honored and humbled. Being included as one of Savoy’s Most Influential Black Corporate Directors with those whom I admire so deeply and regard with admiration, appreciation and esteem is one of the highlights of my career,” said Juanita T. James, “Many thanks to Savoy for including me in this auspicious group.”

About Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards, and has awarded over $185 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond.

About Juanita James

Juanita T. James was Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for Pitney Bowes Inc. Prior to Pitney Bowes, James built a progressive 20-year career in the media and entertainment industry with Time Warner, Inc. and Bertelsmann, Inc. Currently, James is President & Chief Executive Officer at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.  

In her community leadership role, James is a Corporator for First County Bank, and a trustee of Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., as well as a trustee Emerita of Princeton University and former trustee of the University of Connecticut. James’ commitment to the community has been acknowledged with numerous honors and awards including: NAACP “100 Most Influential Blacks in CT,” Stamford “Citizen of the Year Award,” “Achievement Award” from the Greater New York Chapter of Links and the YMCA “National Black Achiever in Industry Award.”

James holds a Bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages from Princeton University and a master’s degree in business policy from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business Program where she received the Distinguished Service Award.

About Savoy Magazine

Savoy Magazine is a national publication covering the Power, Substance and Style of African-American lifestyle. From entertainment to sports, business to politics, design to style, Savoy is a cultural catalyst that highlights timely topics and drives positive dialogue on and about Black culture. Savoy is published quarterly with a worldwide distribution via subscriptions and newsstands.

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