Senior Advisor


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    Jim Tighe is Senior Advisor to the CEO of the Bay Area Council. He coordinates Board and other governance committee activities, including strategic planning and special projects. From 2006 through 2011, he served as COO of the organization, responsible for board governance, membership development, fundraising, events management, human resources, accounting, and operations.

    After retiring from a 30-year career with Chevron in 1999, Jim served in a variety of leadership and board roles for nonprofit and charitable organizations. From 2001 through 2005, he served on the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Program. He is a former Judge in the California Quality Award program and the U.S. Army-wide Communities of Excellence Program. He chaired the Conference Board’s West Coast Performance Excellence Council from 1994-1999.

    Jim’s career with Chevron included executive, operating, and technical roles in a variety of organizations. As head of Corporate Quality (1993–1999), he helped plan and implement Chevron’s corporate-wide total quality initiative. Earlier responsibilities included Vice-President, Operations (COO) for Chevron Pipeline Company (1988-1992), chief commercial officer for Chevron Shipping Company (1982-1984), and Assistant Manager of Chevron Shipping’s International Fleet (1982-1984). In the mid-1980s, he served as assistant to Ken Derr, executive in charge of the $13.8 billion Chevron/Gulf merger, then the largest merger in corporate history. In the late 1970s, he served as senior corporate advisor on Middle East and Asian interests, including affiliated operations of Caltex Petroleum and ARAMCO.

    Jim holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University.

    A native of Texas, now living in Mill Valley, California, Jim enjoys tennis, golf and mountain biking. His wife Susan is a retired merchandising executive, formerly with Levi Strauss & Co.