Jim is the co-founder and managing principal of Ellis Partners, a commercial real estate development and investment firm. Jim was an active member for 10 years with the Guardsmen, a men's philanthropic club in San Francisco that through member volunteer time and resources, raises money to send under-privileged inner city youth to summer camp. He is also involved in supporting the Emeryville Art Exhibition, City of Hope and the Urban Land Institute Foundation as a ULI Governor.
Jim was born and raised in Piedmont, California. After living in San Francisco for 10 years, he moved back to this city in 1999. In that same year, he married his wife Melissa. They have two children, Morgan (15) and Braydon (13). Jim and Missy are deeply involved in the Piedmont community and actively support many charitable causes as well as their local public schools. Jim’s interests/hobbies include alpine and nordic skiing, biking, hiking and fishing. He also has great interest in modern architecture, photographic art, western U.S. history, modern and classic cars, sports car racing and antique boats.