James Dondero is a Dallas-based Certified Management Accountant serving as the co-founder and the president of Highland Capital Management. He began his career as an investment advisor back in 1984 in the Morgan Guaranty Training Program. He worked for the organization for over 30 years as an investment advisor before shifting to credit and equity marketer. As a CMA, Dondero is allowed to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Mr. James Dondero is a charitable giver and is very active in supporting education and health initiatives.
Apart from Highland Capital, Mr. Dondero is the president of Nexbank, Cornerstone Healthcare, and CCS Medical. He also worked as the chief investment officer between 1989 and 1983 and contributed to the buildup of GIC. During his time at American Express, James Dondero worked as a corporate bond analyst and later as the Portfolio Manager.
When the annual philanthropic budget grew to over $3 million, Dondero was compelled to search for a management partner. Consequently, He chose Mary Jalonick, the President, and CEO of the Dallas Foundation. Dallas Foundation has contributed immensely towards the success of the non-profit community in North Texas. While working together, Dondero and Jalonick established Highland Dallas Foundation Inc. They formed Highland Dallas Foundation Inc., to support its sister foundation, The Dallas Foundation. The core value of Dallas Foundation is to inspire and support the charitable organizations financially. Apart from philanthropic support to the education and healthcare sectors, Dondero has also engaged in several civic organizations. Just to mention a few, the Dallas Zoo, the Perot Museum and the Bush Presidential Library.
The appointment of Linda Owen
Just recently, Linda Owen, the former president and CEO of Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation was hired to help Dallas Highland Foundation Inc., connect to Jim’s vision as a strategic move to improve the quality of life in North Texas. Linda’s appointment was made by Jim and The Dallas Foundation. Dondero’s contribution to the growth of non-profit organizations in North Texas has been significant in helping increase annual funds needed to improve the living standards.