Jim is the founder, Chairman and CEO of the Plymouth Rock group of companies. Jim. began his career by teaching economics, after earning a Ph.D. in economics at Harvard. He served as Massachusetts Insurance Commissioner from 1975 to 1979 and then as Chairman and Commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission for four years. On his return from Washington, he founded Plymouth Rock.
He is a former member of the Board of the Boston Globe, and former Vice Chair of Global Post, an international news service. He is chairman emeritus of Management Sciences for Health, a large humanitarian non-profit. Jim is currently a Board member of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and chairman of the School on the Move Panel, which awards an annual prize to the most improved Boston public school. He serves on the Finance Committee of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Jim is the author of the national bestselling book, Five Easy Theses: Commonsense Solutions to America’s Greatest Economic Challenges, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in May 2016.