2009 Citizen of the Year: Juanita T. James

A Stamford resident since 1989, Juanita T. James is deeply committed to the local community and has taken various leadership roles in numerous Stamford organizations. Community and civic responsibilities include serving as Board President of the Stamford Museum and Nature Center; a member of Childcare Learning Centers’ Leadership Council, and a member of the First County Bank Board of Corporators. She is an ordained elder and deacon of the First Presbyterian Church in Stamford as well as an active supporter of the Urban League of Southern Connecticut, Curtain Call, and the Reinventing Stamford initiative. Prior service includes: Director of the Stamford Symphony, Secretary of the Board for the Ferguson Library, and President of Westhill High School’s Northstar PPG.

Ms. James is Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for Pitney Bowes Inc. At Pitney Bowes, she is responsible for corporate marketing, brand management, media and analyst relations, employee and executive communications, and corporate citizenship and philanthropy. Before joining Pitney Bowes, she held senior executive positions at Doubleday Direct (a division of Bertelsmann, Inc.) and built a progressive 20-year career with Time Warner, Inc.

Ms. James is a Director of the Asbury Automotive Group, a Trustee of Lesley University and an Emeritus Trustee of Princeton University. She is a member of the John Caples International Awards Board, the Corporate Advisory Council for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and a Director of Reading is Fundamental (RIF).

Ms. James holds a Master’s Degree in Business Policy from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business Program where she received the Distinguished Service Award. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Romance Languages from Princeton University. Ms. James resides in Stamford with her husband, Dudley N. Williams Jr., and their son, Dudley N. Williams III.