James Seth Thompson

Director and Head of Diverse Markets Strategy

James Seth Thompson is a Senior Vice President and Head of Diverse Markets Strategy at Bernstein Private Wealth Management. In this role, James develops relationships in diverse markets to deliver investment and wealth planning advice. James empowers multicultural investors to change the trajectory of their wealth, impact and influence and encourages a fresh perspective on equity, advocacy, responsibility and investing. His equitable approach to addressing the unique needs of multicultural investors best informs deep discovery to truly define how their resources contribute to their legacy. Access, exposure, experience and education matters, and these levers influence how James helps clients create systemic wealth and close the gap between opportunities and outcomes. James also holds several distinct leadership roles championing diversity, equity, inclusion, recruiting and professional advancement of diverse talent across the firm. He began his tenure at AllianceBernstein in 2011 where he led marketing for the firm’s institutional investment management channels. James has a BA in marketing and a BA in human resources administration from Temple University. He serves as Treasurer for Dignity Housing for the Homeless and Race, Equity and Empowerment Chair for Philadelphia Youth Basketball. James is the recipient of many awards and recently InvestmentNews’ See It Be It Role Model acknowledging his contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion in the industry.