James Ajello

Jim AjelloThe Ajello Professorship and its related projects and programs are made possible by a $250,000 gift from Maxwell School alumnus James Ajello '76 MPA.

Mr. Ajello previously served as chairman of the U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Management Advisory Board; as senior vice president of business development at Reliant Energy (2000-09); and in various positions, including managing director for energy and natural resources, at UBS Financial Services (1984-98). Based in Houston, Mr. Ajello now serves on the board of directors of American Savings Bank, and is also on the board of Crius Energy in Toronto, Canada. He has served for many years as a member of the board of trustees of Hawaii Pacific University.

His support of CEPA ties back directly to work he had done as a Maxwell student. "About 40 years ago I did research in Harry Lambright’s class on this very topic — multidisciplinary approaches to energy and environmental issues," he says. "Virtually every job I’ve had since Maxwell, in the public and private sectors, has immersed me in this very interesting topic. Yet there is so much more to learn to achieve an energy efficient and sustainable society. This work is more important than ever, and that is why I am delighted to support training and research n this valuable field."