James Messemer is Chairman, Founder and Executive Director of San Francisco’s Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities (RBI) Program.
Originally from New Jersey, Jim was recruited to the Bay Area 20 years ago by a leading Venture Capital firm in Life Sciences. Before founding San Francisco RBI, Jim served as the CEO and board member of Hopelink Corporation, a privately held information solutions company. Prior to founding HopeLink, Jim held various executive-level positions at Conceptus, Scimed Life Systems, Inc., a Boston Scientific Company, and USCI, a C.R. Bard Division. At these companies, Jim was part of management teams that took companies public or created liquidity events through mergers and acquisition transactions.
Throughout his career, Jim has been invested in Bay Area philanthropy, serving as a board member for the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation and Ronald McDonald House, and a supporter of the San Francisco Ballet and the Napa Valley Vintners Association. Jim is also a member of the Athletic Director Council at the University of San Francisco.
Before pursuing a career in business, Jim enjoyed an active athletic career in professional soccer, playing for the Detroit Express, Washington Diplomats, and the Denver Avalanche. He also signed a free-agent contract with the New York Jets football team.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Texas Tech University.