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James BlumeChairman Emeritus
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    Following a successful investment career and seven years practicing psychology, Jim Blume founded Blume Capital Management in 1993 with the vision of bringing an institutional level of investment expertise to individual clients.

    Jim began his professional career on Wall Street in 1966 as an equity research analyst for Faulkner, Dawkins & Sullivan, a prominent Wall Street institutional research firm, and was subsequently a founding member of the firm’s investment banking department. Among other companies, he successfully arranged financings for Koger Properties, a developer of suburban office parks in the Southeast and Southwest.

    In 1974, Jim left Wall Street and began a career in real estate working for Arthur M. Fischer, Inc., a regional shopping center developer. As a partner, he was instrumental in the purchase and redevelopment of one of the nation’s earliest and largest regional malls in Houston, Texas.

    In 1979, Jim returned to graduate school, where he obtained a PhD in Psychology. He was a practicing clinical psychologist in Berkeley from 1987 to 1993.

    Jim is a former board member of the Ploughshares Fund (a fund engaged in anti-nuclear activities) and the ACLU-NC for 10 and 12 years respectively. He remains a member of the Endowment Committee of the Ploughshares Fund. He is also a board member and Chief Financial Officer of the Berkeley Tennis Club and serves on the J Street Finance Committee.

    Jim and his wife, Kathryn, live in Berkeley. Their son, Zach, is an Internet entrepreneur.


    Williams College – BA, Political Science
    Harvard University – MBA
    The Wright Institute – PHD, Psychology