James D. Parsons, The Brinson Foundation

TITLE:  President

FOCUS AREAS: Education, science research

CONTACT:  312-799-4500, jim.parsons@brinsonfoundation.org

PROFILE: James Parsons has been the president of The Brinson Foundation since 2004. He was previously a managing partner at Gardner, Carton & Douglas (now Drinker, Biddlge & Reath). His AFP Chicago bio shares:

Jim Parsons is the President of The Brinson Foundation, a private family foundation, which supports educational and scientific research programs.

Jim recently completed his term as chair of the Board of Directors of the Donors Forum, where he has also served on the Board Development, Compensation and Benefits and Leadership in Philanthropy Committees. He continues to serve on the Forum’s Public Policy Committee and the Transition Committee that is responsible for identifying the successor to President and CEO, Valerie Lies.

He is a member the Board of Directors of King-Bruwaert House, a continuous care retirement community; and a life trustee and former Board chair of The Community House, a social services agency located in west suburban Chicago. Jim is a member of the Leadership Council of the Chicago Public Education Fund and the Board of Advisors of the Morton Arboretum and previously served on the Board of Trustees of Denison University.

Prior to his career in philanthropy, Jim practiced law for 26 years at the Chicago law firm of Gardner, Carton & Douglas where he also served as Managing Partner. Jim received his law degree from The University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree from Denison University.

You can learn more about his background and interests on the Denison Everywhere alumni page and by reading his letter on the foundation website.