James Posey is a 25 year resident of Northeast Portland, a business owner, a longtime advocate for Black business development and former mayoral candidate.
He is the co-founder of the local chapter of NAMC-Oregon, National Association of Minority Contractors and Metropolitan Contractor Improvement Partnership (MCIP), past president of the Portland Coalition of Black Men and the organizer of the affiliated Oregon chapter of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of local chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), the Urban League of Portland, and the Portland Black Leadership Forum.
He currently is the principal consultant for JLP Business Group and owns Work Horse Construction which specializes in asphalt paving, dump trucking and site excavation. He is also owner of Eliot E-Mat Café which is a combination internet cafe, laundromat and deli. All his ventures reside in NE Portland and he has the distinct reputations of hiring primarily African American and other minorities as a way of strengthening the economic capacity of the black community. He holds a M.Ed degree from Wichita State University and is a retired Vietnam era U.S. Air Force veteran.
He often writes opinion pieces in the local press and is quoted in the Oregonian, Skanner News and Portland Observer for his views on minority contracting and other economic issues impacting the black community.
Leeanner Posey is a lifelong partner of James Posey and is the other principal in JLP Business Group LLC. Her experience includes acting as an account representative for a number of banking institutions and performing accounting responsibilities for large institutions such as Intel and Vancouver Washington school district. For several years she has acted and as a senior customer service representative for Legacy Health Systems. In recent years she has managed of all the administrative and financial functions of Work Horse Construction Metro Inc, Eliot E-Mat Cafe and now JLP Business Group LLC.
Currently Mrs. Posey manages the review of all contracts and audits performance data. She maintains the repository of records and acts as the communication director and manager for all business activity associated with JLP Business Group LLC.