Jay Bailey


Committed to living by his personal motto, “Build As We Climb”, change agent, thought leader,
entrepreneur and emerging philanthropist, James M. Bailey has dedicated his life to serving others.
James was recently named President and CEO of the Russell Center for Innovation and
Entrepreneurship (RCIE). Honoring the great legacy and visionary business leadership of Herman
J. Russell, he will lead the development of the largest center in America, driven by community
impact, devoted to empowering African American entrepreneurs and small business owners; over
50,000 square feet designed to inspire ideas, create jobs, grow companies, and increase wealth in
the community.

An Atlanta native and die-hard Georgia Bulldog, 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.”.

A graduate of Leadership Georgia, Leadership Atlanta, and the Regional Leadership Institute,
James 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, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for
Service Award, a New Leaders Council Fellow, member of Alpha Phi Alpha and the 100 Black Men
of Atlanta.

James has served on numerous boards including The Historic Wren’s Nest in Atlanta’s West End,
the Metro Atlanta Chamber Board of Advisors, the Atlanta Beltline TAD Advisory Committee, and
Chairman of Citizens Trust Bank’s, Next Generation Advisory Board.

James and his wife, NBC news correspondent Blayne Alexander live between Atlanta, Georgia
and Washington D.C.