James H. Buford served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, recently retiring in 2013. As an advocate for social and economic parity, Buford is often a vocal spokesperson on behalf of Urban League constituents. In this role he speaks to diverse audiences, which embody the whole community – from grassroots to corporate participants.
Buford serves on numerous boards, including: the Executive Board of the Greater St. Louis Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America; Downtown St. Louis Foundation, Inc.; St. Louis Regional Health Commission; St. Louis Gateway Classic Sports Foundation, Inc.; and past Chairman and member of the Grand Center Inc. Board.
A graduate of Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pa., Buford holds a B.A. in Human Services Administration. He also holds honorary Doctorate of Human Letters degrees from Harris-Stowe State University (1993); the University of Missouri-St. Louis (1995); Webster University (2000); Eden Theological Seminary (2006); and Fontbonne University (2008).
Jim and his wife Susan reside in St. Louis and have two sons, James Jr. and Jason.