Jim Duncan grew up in Maryland, sailing, canoeing, and feasting on Chesapeake Bay blue crabs.
These days, he is a board member and an advisor to profit and not for profit boards, having served on over twenty—currently, KING FM 98.1, Path with Art, and Benaroya Hall, among others, including the Advisory Council of ArtsFund, where he served for sixteen years as a Trustee and two as Board Chair.
As a child, Jim’s favorite book was The Man Who Didn’t Wash His Dishes because, he says, “To this day, it reminds me not to procrastinate and be a lazy bum. I still laugh and think about loading my dirty dishes into a pick-up truck and let rain do the work.” A favorite book he’s read more recently is A Pilgrimage to Eternity by Timothy Egan for its deep-dive into European history, theology, and philosophy as Egan walks the pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome.
Two memorable SAL events for Jim were Malcolm Gladwell—for his engaging, entertaining storytelling and his research, and Annie Leibovitz—for the insight into her creative process and photoshoots of celebrities. In his free time, Jim is an avid adventure traveler: sailing the Caribbean, hiking the jungles of Borneo, bicycling the French countryside.
The former CEO and Board Chair of Sparling (now Stantec), the market leader in electrical, technology, acoustical and lighting consultancy, Jim holds an MBA from Seattle University, a BS degree from Clemson University, and he is a graduate of Harvard’s Executive Leadership Program.