James Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia with highest honors, and the McIntyre School of Commerce with dual majors in Accounting and Finance. He began his career in 1984 in the Morgan Guaranty training program. He served as the Corporate Bond Analyst, and then the Portfolio Manager at American Express between 1985 and 1989. Between 1989 and 1993, Dondero served as a Chief Investment Officer and helped build the GIC subsidiary of Protective Life from inception to over $2 billion.
With more than 30 years of credit and equity market experience, James Dondero is currently a certified Management Accountant and active philanthropist, supporting initiatives in public policy, education, and veteran’s affairs. He also serves as a board member of American Banknote and MGM, and chairman of Cornerstone Health, CCS Medical, and Nexbook. Founded in 1993, today Dondero is co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management LLC., one of the largest global alternative credit managers.
On October 4, 2016, James Dondero announced that Highland Dallas Foundation Inc., the philanthropic arm of Highland Capital Mangement, is awarding the Family Place’s Legacy Campaign a $1 million challenge grant. In assistance with the Family Place’s mission to support victims of family violence, the Highland Dallas Foundation is going to match 50% of any funds raised toward the capital campaign up to $1 million until April 4, 2017. With the Family Place’s goal to raise $16.5 million, and only $2.8 million away from that goal, Highland Dallas Foundation will ensure that the Family Place’s Legacy Campaign will reach $16.5 million within the next 6 months. Since the announcement on October 4th, The Family Place also raised an additional $200,000 for their Legacy Campaign, and will be matched with $100,000 thanks to the grant from Highland.
The call to action by the Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas Police Cheif David Brown to help solve the life threatening issue of family violence has been answered by the grant, says Dondero. He stated, “The civic community in Dallas gets thins done. We at Highland Capital Management were impressed by the way the Family Place, through philanthropic support, took this concept from inception to the final stage of this campaign in just a year. We are proud to invest alongside many of the most generous and thoughtful in the community.”