James "Jay" Bailey
Committed to living by his personal motto, “Build As We Climb”, change agent, thought leader and emerging philanthropist, James M. Bailey has dedicated his life to serving others. In 2015 he founded one of the nation’s most innovative private equity firms, Greenwood Archer. Through a “Human Capital” approach, Greenwood Archer re-imagines the way America’s most underserved communities leverage assets, establish wealth, strengthen infrastructure and create jobs.
James has a proven track record of success, recognized by 3 U.S. Presidents for his leadership and community efforts, in 2012, James was one of eight Americans honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change: Following in the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” He was also named to both the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Georgia Trend Magazine’s “40 Under 40 Best and Brightest Leaders of the Future”. He is a recipient of the coveted Whitney M. Young National Community Service Medallion and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Service Award.
In 2010, he was selected as one of the 10 Most Outstanding Young People of Atlanta, in 2011, James received a Presidential Lifetime Volunteer Service Award from the Obama Administration, in 2012, James was named a National Young and Powerful Rising Star and in 2016 was honored with the National Point of Light Award from the Points of Light Foundation.
A dedicated community servant, James volunteers as a mentor for the Priority Male Initiative, an advisor for Youth Entrepreneurs of Georgia, the Atlanta Public Schools R.E.A.L. Men Read Program, Sheltering Arms, and most notably serves as Scoutmaster of the Mighty Troop 100 located on Atlanta’s Westside, the largest inner-city Boy Scout unit in the United States.
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