Juanita T. James is president and chief executive officer of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. Formerly, she was Pitney Bowes’ chief marketing and communications officer and a member of the Chairman’s Council. She enjoyed a 20-year career with Time Warner and Bertelsmann, holding several senior executive positions, including president and chief executive officer of Time-Life Libraries.
James chairs the Compensation Committee and is a director for Asbury Automotive Group; a director for First County Bank, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and CFLEADS (Community Foundations Leading Change); and a former director of Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and the Rouse Company. She was named to Savoy Magazine’s 2015 Power 300: Most Influential Black Corporate Directors, and one of Women Inc.’s 2018 Most Influential Corporate Directors.
Currently, James is vice-chair of the Board of Trustees at Lesley University; she is a trustee emerita of Princeton and a former trustee of the University of Connecticut. Her numerous honors include the Moffly Media Light a Fire award; one of the NAACP’s 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut; and a Stamford Citizen of the Year award.
James earned a master’s degree in business policy from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton. She also holds honorary degrees from Mitchell College and Fairfield University, and an honorary associate degree from Housatonic Community College. She lives in Stamford, Connecticut, with her husband, Dudley Williams. They have one son, Dudley Williams III.