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James Segel is President of the Boston Asset Management Association (BAMA), which consists of the major mutual funds in Boston, including Fidelity, Putnam, EatonVance, Hancock and others.

He served as a Massachusetts State Representative from Brookline from 1973 to 1978 and successfully ran Barney Frank’s first Congressional campaign. He was special counsel to Frank, then Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee (2007-2011), during the last financial crisis. James was the first Executive Director of the Mass Municipal Association, where he served for eight years.

He became counsel to Hale and Dorr (later Wilmer Hale) for nine years before forming his law firm: Smith Segel and Ruddock. He is a graduate of Harvard College, Boston College Law School, and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

James serves on the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Board of Trustees of Cambridge College, the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Arts Collaborative, the regional Board of the American Jewish Committee, and the Chair of the Board of Advisors of the Rappaport Institute of Harvard.