James C. Calaway

Chair, Lifetime Trustees, The Aspen Institute

James C. Calaway is a philanthropist-businessman. He served as the chair of the Aspen Institute’s Society of Fellows before he became a trustee in 1997. In 2000, he was selected as an honorary trustee, and was later appointed to the Council of Honorary Trustees. Calaway was in the oil and gas exploration business for over 40 years and retired as chairman of Edge Petroleum in the late 1980s. He now partners with his son in building wind farms in several states to generate renewable energy. In addition, since his retirement, Calaway has set his sights on philanthropy and fundraising for civic groups and non-profit organizations, having served as a regent of the University of Corpus Christi, a trustee of Antioch College, and a board member of the Colorado Mountain College Foundation. He served as treasurer for the American Civil Liberties Union on the national level and is a lifetime member of the NAACP.

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