President & CEO, Lebenthal & Co, LLC
Alexandra Lebenthal is the President and CEO of Lebenthal & Company and its multi family office Alexandra & James. She comes from a storied Wall Street family. Her grandparents, Louis and Sayra Lebenthal, founded Lebenthal & Co., Inc, a municipal bond specialist, in 1925, with her grandmother working until age 93. She joined Lebenthal in 1988 and became President and CEO in 1995 at the age of 31. Ms Lebenthal remained at the firm for four years after its sale, leaving in 2005 before starting anew in 2006.
This new venture is the second chapter of the Lebenthal family and in addition to municipal bonds, now focuses on corporate debt and equity underwriting, as well as catering to high net worth Family Offices and the “Lost Affluent™” (investors with $2 million to $20 million in assets).
As a recognizable woman on Wall Street she is a frequent commentator on television and makes frequent appearances in the media. Professional involvement includes acting as a director of Broadridge Financial Solutions. She is also the former treasurer of The Securities Industry Financial Markets Organization (SIFMA). Ms. Lebenthal is a member of The Committee of 200, a leading organization for female businesswomen. She is also actively involved with several leading New York cultural institutions including being a Board member of The School of American Ballet, Business Council of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Capital Campaign for the Museum of the City of New York, Gala Chair for The 2009 Rita Hayworth Alzheimer’s Association Gala, and Co-Chair of the Botanical Garden Winter Wonderland Ball, as well as a member of its Advisory Council. Ms. Lebenthal is also a contributing editor for www.NewYorkSocialDiary.com and has written her first novel “Recessionistas”, which was published in August 2010 by Grand Central Books.
A passionate supporter of women in business, in 1999 she was named one of New York’s 100 most influential women by Crain’s New York Business, one of the top 50 Women in Wealth Management in 2009 by Wealth Manager Magazine, and part of The Power 25 prominent players in the wealth management and family office space for 2011 by Private Asset Management Magazine. She is also the Co-founder and current board member of “The Women’s Executive Circle,” a group of high-profile Jewish Women that mentor other women under the auspices of United Jewish Appeal.
Ms. Lebenthal holds a BA in History from Princeton University and began her career in the municipal bond department at Kidder Peabody Inc. She holds Series 7, 9, 10, 24, 53 and 63 licenses. Ms. Lebenthal lives in New York City with her husband, Jay Diamond and their children, Benjamin, Charlotte and Eleanor.
CFO/CIO, Lebenthal & Co., LLC
James manages the financial risks of Lebenthal & Co. and of its parent Alexandra & James, LLC. He is also responsible for financial planning and record-keeping, as well as financial reporting to senior management. James sits on the Executive Committee of Alexandra & James, LLC. As CIO of Lebenthal’s Asset Management division, he is the Chairman of the Investment Committee and oversees the economic and market outlook for clients firm wide. He is also the Chair of the Investment Manager Due Diligence Committee, which is responsible for approval, review and monitoring of outside investment managers used for Alexandra & James clients. James is a veteran of US Navy, and was a Lieutenant, qualifying as a nuclear submarine engineer. During his tenure, he was awarded 2 Navy Commendation Medals and 4 Navy Achievement Medals. James holds a BA in molecular biology from Princeton University and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business. He holds Series 4, 7 and 63 licenses.
Chief Marketing Officer, Lebenthal & Co., LLC
Jim joined his mother Sayra in 1963, selling odd lot municipal bonds to the retail investor with a thousand dollars to invest at a time. In the late 70’s, Jim created a marketing campaign in which he appeared in Lebenthal radio and TV commercials and ultimately put tax free municipal bonds within the reach and comprehension of the masses. Jim has been recognized by The Municipal Forum and won lifetime achievement awards from the National Federation of Municipal Analysts and The Bond Market Association, predecessor to SIFMA. Jim is also the author of Confessions of a Municipal Bond Salesman and Lebenthal On Munis – Straight Talk About Tax Free Municipal Bonds For The Troubled Investor Deciding, “Yes…” or “No!”. Jim holds a BA from Princeton University. He holds series 7, 24, 27, 53, and 63 licenses.