homecoming Parade GRAND MARSHAL
MR. JAMES E. COFIELD, JR.
Grandson of former ECSU President and First Lady, John and Frances Bias
Mr. Cofield is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cofield Properties, Inc., a real estate development firm formed in 1986. The firm develops residential, commercial, and mixed-use properties and provides project management services related to real estate development and construction supervision. The firm enjoys notable success in providing discrete sale and acquisition, asset management, and financial advisory services. Mr. Cofield is a Massachusetts Certified Owner’s Project Manager and Adjunct Professor at Roxbury Community College.
Prior to Mr. Cofield's full time responsibility with Cofield Properties, Inc., he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Malmart Mortgage Company, Inc. for 15 years. Malmart was a full service mortgage banking firm which provided permanent and construction financing to both residential and commercial real estate markets throughout New England. Malmart maintained correspondent relationships with some of the major real estate investors in the country and Mr. Cofield was responsible for the firm’s unparalleled growth and rise to prominence in the industry.
Prior to joining Malmart, Mr. Cofield was a consultant at Arthur D. Little, Inc. for four years. His experience includes the identification and evaluation of corporate strategic issues, particularly as they relate to financial problems and/or opportunities. His work also included new product analyses, new venture analyses, and merger and acquisition analyses.
Prior to joining ADL, Mr. Cofield was on the faculty at Stanford University as an Acting Instructor in the Electrical Engineering Department while in graduate school at Stanford.
Mr. Cofield received his BS degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He attended the School of Law, Howard University, for one year, where he was distinguished as a Law Journal Invitee, and he received his MBA degree from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, where he was distinguished as a Benkendorf Fellow and concentrated in finance and economics.
Mr. Cofield is a member of the Planning Board, Duck, N. C. and President of the John H. & Frances Lane Bias Foundation. He served as a Trustee and Chairman of the Audit Committee of WGBH Educational Foundation (Channel 2, TV and radio properties); a Trustee of the Trustees of Donations to the Diocese of Massachusetts, Protestant Episcopal Church; and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Roxse Homes, Inc., a housing developer. Mr. Cofield served as a Director, First Vice President, and member of the Executive Committee of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce; a Director of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board; and a Director of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors.
Mr. Cofield is a past President and member of the Board of Governors of the Massachusetts Mortgage Bankers Association. He served a five year term as a Gubernatorial Appointee to the Board of the Boston Redevelopment Authority; was a Trustee of Charlestown Savings Bank and Neworld Bank; was honored as one of the Ten Young Outstanding Leaders of 1980 by the Boston Jaycees; and was awarded the Massachusetts Black Legislative Caucus' Minority Business Award in 1991. He also served on the Board of Overseers of Babson College.