James Seth Thompson is a Senior Vice President and Head of Diverse Markets Strategy for Bernstein Private Wealth Management. In this role, James is responsible for identifying and developing relationships in diverse markets delivering investment and wealth planning advice to multicultural individuals and their families, business owners, institutions and not-for-profit organizations. Across the nation’s key multicultural centers, James partners with and empowers multicultural investors and decision-makers to change the trajectory of their wealth, impact and influence. In practice, he helps clients achieve these goals through integrated wealth planning and holistic advice, equipping individuals and entities to invest with purpose, impact and intention. James also holds several distinct leadership roles championing diversity, equity, inclusion, recruiting and professional advancement of multicultural talent across the firm. James began his tenure at AllianceBernstein in 2011 where he led marketing for the firm’s institutional investment management channels. James has a BA in marketing and a BA in human resources administration from Temple University. James is active in his community and serves as Board Treasurer for Dignity Housing for the Homeless; Board Chair for W.I.S.E. (Winning in Sports and Education); Board Member for Philadelphia Youth Basketball and a Founding Committee member of Leading by Example, a male youth empowerment program. The Boy Scouts have honored James with a 2017 Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award for outstanding civic and community leaders. He was recently presented with the Community Power Partner Award at Nashville’s 2019 Power Moves Awards Gala.