James Cole, Jr. (Speaker)

James Cole, Jr. (Speaker)

The Jasco Group

Chairman and CEO

James Cole, Jr. is the American financier, attorney, and advocate who founded the multidimensional investment management firm, The Jasco Group, served as the Obama administration’s deputy secretary and general counsel to the U.S. Department of Education, and currently sits on the Board of Directors of AIG. With a trailblazing streak that began on the south side of Chicago where he grew up, Cole’s career culminates in a portfolio of enterprises steadily in support of advancing Civil Rights through education initiatives and entertainment for social impact. The longstanding community leader and mentor is also the proud father of a young son.