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Clarence B. Jones

Clarence B. Jones

Executive Advisor
Marks Paneth & Shron, LLP
622 Third Avenue
New York, New York 10017
Office: +1 (212) 201-3260
Fax: +1 (212) 201-3261

Senior Partner
Clemensen Capital Company

In a distinguished and heralded career, Clarence B. Jones served as speechwriter and counsel to Martin Luther King, Jr., partnered with Sanford I. Weill and Arthur Levitt, Jr. in the Wall Street investment banking firm Carter, Berlind & Weill, has been twice recognized as Fortune Magazine’s “Man of the Month,” and founded successful financial, corporate and media-related ventures. He also provided strategic legal and financial consulting services to several governments around the world. He has received numerous state and national awards recognizing his significant contributions to American society.

Mr. Jones is currently Executive Advisor to Marks Paneth & Shron (“MPS”), a financial services firm headquartered in New York. He is a member of the MPS Strategy Group and Principal in MPS’s Africa Strategy Group. In additional areas, he is Senior Partner of Clemensen Capital Company, an investment banking boutique specializing in cross border finance for Korea; President & CEO of CBJ Multimedia Associates, Inc., specializing in media and telecom; and CEO of CBJ Associates, Inc., a boutique investment banking and consulting services company specializing in governmental, financial and corporate services.

Financial Industry Activities
  • Institutional Investors Consulting Corp., Houston, Advisory Board, consulting for U.S. pension and endowment funds.

  • Aegis Korea Fund, Seoul, assisting in formation of first large-scale Korean private equity fund for Touchstone Capital Partners.

  • Ampac Strategic Capital, Beijing, consultant to Chinese Government-International consortium authorized to sell Chinese energy and leisure properties.

  • Dickerson Employee Benefits, Los Angeles, consultant and investment banking advisor to one of the largest employee benefit/disability insurance agencies in California.

  • Urban National Corp., Boston (1970s), co-founder of first major US venture capital fund for urban entrepreneurship, helped to seed $10 million.

  • The WestSphere Capital Group, consultant and investment-banking advisor to institutional investment manager for LatAm-based financial institutions and companies.

  • Intramerican Life Corp. (1970s), co-founder, Chairman and CEO of company subsequently acquired by the Colonial Penn Group of Life Insurance Companies.

  • Carter, Berlind & Weill, New York (1970s), first African-American partner in a Wall Street investment banking firm, and an Allied Member of the New York Stock Exchange.

  • Urban Partners I, LLC., New York, Director and Senior Advisor. Stored Value Master Card for immigrants and under-banked consumers.

Government-Related Activities
  • Strategic consultant to the Ministry of Economic Development of The Dominican Republic;

  • During the late 1960s and 1970s, served as investment banking advisor to the Governments of Jamaica, Zambia and The Bahamas;

  • In 1974, served as counsel to the Boxing Commission of Zaire in connection with the boxing match between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali;

  • Former Member of the Board of Trustees for 20 years of The Africa America Institute, a foundation specializing in political, economic and health issues in Africa;

  • In September 1971, at the request of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller and as editor of The Amsterdam News, helped negotiate an end to the historic Attica prison inmate rebellion.

  • Columbia University, Columbia College, New York BA 1953

  • United States Army 1953-1955

  • Boston University School of Law Juris Doctor 1959

  • The New York Institute of Finance Certificate for NASD Allied Membership

Philanthropic Activities
  • Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach Advisor to Board of Trustees

  • The Impact Repertory Theatre & Dance Co New York Board of Directors

  • The Theatre Development Fund NYC, New York Board of Directors

  • Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Institute Hyde Park, NY Board of Directors

  • College-Bound Student Alliance Boulder, Colorado Advisory Board

  • Twice selected by Fortune Magazine as “Business Man of The Month.

  • Honorary Doctor of Communications, Allegheny College, Allegheny, Pennsylvania

  • Distinguished Public Service Award, African American Chamber of Commerce of Westchester and Rockland Counties

  • Letter of Commendation from President William J. Clinton, for work in Birmingham, Alabama on behalf of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement

  • Distinguished Honoree of New York’s Community Works Organization, and subject of “The Long Walk To Freedom” performed by The Impact Theatre Repertory Company


On April 4th, 2008, the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's assassination, HarperCollins published a book written by Clarence B. Jones and Joel Engel entitled "What Would Martin Say?" - an enlightening armchair discussion of major current issues with Dr. King.

Mr. Jones is mentioned or referred to in several books and articles, including:

Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr.
By David Garrow (Pulitzer Prize)

Parting the Waters
By Taylor Branch (Pulitzer Prize)

Robert Kennedy
By Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

A Time to Die
By Tom Wicker

Stride towards Freedom
By Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. and the FBI
By David Arrow

Birmingham, Alabama: The Climatic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution
By Diane McWhorter (Pulitzer Prize)

King of Capital Sandy Weill and the Making of Citigroup
By Stone & Brewster

The Atlantic Monthly, July/August 2002
By David Garrow

How Sandy Weill Fought His Way to the Top of the Financial World…and Then Nearly Lost It All
By Monica Langley, Wall Street Journal

Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Speech that Inspired a Nation
By Drew D. Hanson

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