Jim Himes was raised by a single mother in a small town in New Jersey, where he attended public schools and was admitted to Harvard College. There, Jim's academic and athletic accomplishments earned him a Rhodes Scholarship. After completing his studies at Oxford, Jim took an entry-level position at Goldman Sachs, where he worked his way up to Vice President over the course of a 12 year career. Fluent in Spanish from his first 10 years of childhood in Latin America, Jim specialized in Latin American and communications technology banking.
In 2002, Jim left Wall Street to pursue business-oriented solutions to the problems of urban poverty. He is currently on leave from his role of Vice President and Director of Northeast operations at Enterprise Community Partners, a non-profit organization which helps build affordable housing for low-income Americans by providing financing and expertise to community and housing developers. Under Jim's leadership, Enterprise developed an innovative program to provide tax preparation assistance and financial services to low-income families. Jim also helped Enterprise incorporate green technology into their affordable housing projects. Jim has served as an Elder in his church, an elected finance board member, and as a board member of numerous community organizations. Jim and his wife Mary live in Cos Cob, CT with their two daughters, Emma (8) and Linley (5).