James Hurd Nixon is Co-Founder and Principal of Sustainable Systems, a for-profit corporation, founded in 1995, that undertakes initiatives that pursue sustainable economic and community development. Sustainable Systems also provides Digital Marketing Services.
Mr. Nixon is:
Board Treasurer for the Alliance for Community Development, sponsor of the Bay Area Equity Fund and the Bay Area Capital Connections conferences.
Co-Founder and Advisory Board Member of the TechEquity Collaborative, pursuing a tech economy in the Bay Area that works for everyone.
Board Member of Oakland and the World Enterprises, which was established to develop profitable enterprises cooperatively owned and operated by people who were formerly incarcerated or are in danger of becoming incarcerated.
In the past, as a Principal of Sustainable Systems, Mr. Nixon served as:
Lead Consultant to the East Bay Broadband Consortium, helping to eliminate the Digital Divide, by giving thousands of low-income families free computers/digital literacy training/tech support, and low-cost Broadband.
Lead Consultant to the Bay Area Council for the Bay Area Family of Funds, a venture fund and two real estate funds that produced double bottom line returns (market rate of financial returns and significant economic, social, and environmental returns) by investing in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods in the Bay Area.
Co-Founder of Oakland’s first tech incubator/accelerator, the Communication Technology Cluster.
Co-Coordinator of three Building the Sustainable Economy conferences (two in New York City and one in Havana) that brought together leaders in the sustainable development movement from around the United States and the world.
From 1988 to 2000, Mr. Nixon was Senior Vice President of Progressive Asset Management, the first full-service broker dealer specializing in socially responsible investment, where he managed broker services, social screening, and investment banking.