B. James Ford

B. James FordMBA ’96
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MBA ’96
Senior Advisor, Strategic Partnerships

Jim Ford is currently a senior advisor for strategic partnerships at Los Angeles 2028, the candidature committee for the Olympic Games bid.

Prior to 2016, Jim was managing director and portfolio manager of Oaktree’s Global Principal Group and a member of the firm’s senior leadership council. Oaktree is a leading global investment manager specializing in alternative investments with more than $90 billion in assets under management. Jim was responsible for overseeing all activities of the Global Principal Group, including investment commitments and approvals, client relations, and administrative and personnel-related matters.

Jim joined Oaktree in 1996 and was involved in sourcing and executing a number of the firm’s most significant investments. He led the group’s efforts in the media and energy sectors prior to being named portfolio manager in 2006. Jim has worked extensively with a variety of Oaktree portfolio companies, including currently serving on the boards of directors of Contango Oil & Gas Company, Exco Resources, and Townsquare Media, as well as numerous private companies. He previously served on the boards of Cequel Communications, Forcenergy, Dial Global, and Regal Entertainment.

He also serves as an active member of the board of directors of the Children’s Bureau and is a past board member of Stanford Business School Trust.

Jim has a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

He and his wife, Ashley, reside in Los Angeles with their two sons.

Last Updated 29 Dec 2018