Lauren & Jim Grien Lauren & Jim Grien

Georgia Aquarium
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
6 PM
7 PM Dinner & Program

David Harris
AJC Chief Executive Officer
Edward and Sandra Meyer Office of the CEO

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Honorary Dinner Chairs
Cathy & Steve Kuranoff
Linda & Steve Selig

Dinner Chairs
Kent & Diane Alexander
Lila & Doug Hertz
Karen Kerness & Rabbi Peter Berg
Billi & Bernie Marcus

Host Committee Chairs
Barbara & Ted Alfond
Christine & John Bakalar
Karen & David Balser
Terrie & Brad Bloom
Amy & Mark Bubes
Ellen & Steve Fine
Sylvia Gort
Amie & Fred Herbert
Meg Heyer
Candace & Jeff Kerker
Eva & Charles Lipman
Heather & Scott Neu
Penina & Bruce Richards
Hope & Robert Sheft
Mindy & Paul Smolevitz

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About Lauren & Jim

In the Fall of 1980, Lauren and Jim met while enduring first year Civil Procedure at Columbia University School of Law.  They were married in 1982, settled in Atlanta in 1983 and have loved each other and the city they call home for every minute of nearly four decades.

Prior to attending Law School, Lauren was (and still is) a Duke Blue Devil, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a four-year varsity tennis player.  In parallel, Jim graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Pennsylvania, where he developed a healthy hatred of all things Duke related. 

Lauren spent 11 years practicing corporate finance law at Alston & Bird, where she was named a partner in 1992 and retired shortly thereafter (when the birth of their third child put her over the edge).  Since suspending her paid career, Lauren has devoted her working life to a wide range of impactful civic pursuits.  She is a two-time Reunion Co-Chair at Duke; served on the Executive Committee and Board of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Atlanta Speech School.

Lauren began her service to the Jewish Community as a Board Member at Jewish Vocational Services (now known as JF&CS), a Board Member at Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and member of the Board of Overseers of Hebrew Union College.

Over the past decade, Lauren’s civic engagement has been focused at both The AJC and The Temple.

At AJC, Lauren’s service began when she joined the Board of Trustees and completed the National Comay Fellows leadership program.  From 2007 to 2013, Lauren served as Vice President and First Vice President of AJC.  In 2013, Lauren became AJC’s 30th President and began a term marked by many enduring accomplishments, most notably the bifurcation of AJC and the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.

At The Temple, Lauren became the Founding Chair of the Temple Preschool – now known as the Weinberg Early Learning Center.  Her work in conceiving and building the Preschool earned Lauren the inaugural Temple President’s Award and The Atlanta Jewish Federation Women of Achievement Award.  Over six years as an Officer and Trustee, Lauren led many initiatives, including the Temple’s first strategic plan since a similar effort co-chaired by her father – Burton Gold –  ten years earlier.  In 2016, Lauren became President of The Temple, the position she currently holds.  Lauren and Jim are the only couple in the 150-year history of the Temple to have both served as Presidents.

When not drafting in Lauren’s wake, Jim has enjoyed success both in business and civic engagement.

After a short stint in law, Jim began his career in investment banking in 1987.  He spent the first half of his career at Prudential Securities, where he was named Head of Corporate Finance after leading the firm’s Southeastern and Consumer Industries groups.  In 2001, Jim joined TM Capital as a partner and was named President and CEO in 2008.  Under Jim’s leadership, TM Capital has achieved noteworthy growth and market recognition for transactional excellence.  Jim also serves on the Board of Directors of Micromeritics - one of the world’s leading suppliers of complex particle measurement instruments; and Keystone Screw - a growing domestic manufacturer of specialty fasteners.

Jim’s community work is anchored by his nearly two-decade tenure as a Trustee of The Marcus Foundation, which is funded and chaired by Bernard Marcus to pursue the Marcus family’s global philanthropic mission.

Since its inception in 2007, Jim has served as Director, Audit Chair and Treasurer of The Georgia Aquarium, the world’s most spectacular aquatic attraction.  He was a founding board member of Hands On Atlanta and helped grow HOA into the largest volunteer organization of its kind. 

From 2008 through 2010, Jim served as President of the Temple and helped guide the organization through the most challenging economic environment in a generation.  While President, Jim was instrumental in transforming The Temple’s financial position – resulting in the Temple’s first balanced budget in over a decade and an enduring legacy of financial responsibility.  More recently, Jim co-chaired The Temple’s Dream For Tomorrow Endowment Campaign – which has raised nearly $40 million to support a wide range of infrastructure, worship, programmatic, outreach and social justice initiatives.

Lauren and Jim have raised three wonderful children – Katie, Emily and Dylan – and have recently welcomed two new children – Mark and Chase – to their family.  Most importantly, they are anxiously awaiting their first grandchild (courtesy of Katie and Mark) in the Spring.



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