Year Joined

  • 1993

Areas of Expertise

  • Business 


  • Columbia Distinguished Alumni Medal 

Boards Joined

  • Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science, Chair Emeritus, Board of Visitors 
  • Entrepreneurial Adv. Board 


James M. Li Accomplished business leader in the finance industry


Managing Director (Retired)

Goldman Sachs & Co.

James M. Li is a Managing Director, Goldman Sachs & Company. He leads the operations bank holding company initiatives, as well as oversees project management and business planning for derivative operations globally. Previously, he was COO of the Global Banking Group.

After starting his career in financial services at Citibank, Mr. Li joined American Express in 1979 as Vice President-Staff Operations. He went on to serve as President of Asia, Pacific and Australia, and President of Global Network Services, among other leadership positions. He retired from American Express as an Executive Vice President in 2003.

Mr. Li was Chairman of the Public Education Association of New York City, Chairman of the Hong Kong Association of New York, and Chairman of the Middle East Mediterranean Travel and Tourism Association (MEMTTA). He served on the boards of the US-China Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement International and the Johns Hopkins University-Center for Talented Youth. He was a fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and a member of the Young President’s Organization. He is currently a member of the Committee of 100, the prominent Chinese-American organization.

As a Columbia alumnus, Mr. Li was Chair of the Board of Visitors at the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), where he is now Chairman Emeritus. Additionally, he is currently Co-Vice Chair of The Columbia Campaign for Engineering.

Mr. Li holds a B.S., M.S., and Professional Degree in Industrial Engineering from Columbia SEAS. He was a recipient of the Columbia University Distinguished Alumni Medal in 2005.


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