November 01, 2021

New to the Board

Lewis & Clark’s Board of Trustees recently welcomed two new members at the October 2021 meeting.

James C. “Jim” Blakemore BA ’90 is a partner of GreenOak Real Estate, based in London, the United Kingdom, and has oversight responsibility for the firm’s European fixed income strategies. The GreenOak European debt team manages over $1.9 billion of capital from institutional investors and is an active lender for commercial real estate properties located in the UK and across Western Europe.

Jim was previously European head of Lehman Brothers Global Real Estate Group for EMEA. In this role, he oversaw Lehman Brothers European on-balance sheet real estate activities including commercial mortgage and mezzanine lending. At Lehman Brothers, he served on its European Operating Committee, European Fixed Income Executive Committee as well as its Global Fixed Income Operating Committee.

Prior to coming to London, Jim worked at Lehman Brothers in New York where he originated and structured mortgage loans and CMBS transactions. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, he was an attorney at Thacher Proffitt and Wood (New York) where he practiced real estate and securities law.

Jim is a trustee of the Prince’s Regeneration Trust. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council. He is a leader and supporter of a number of London based charities and community groups.

Jim holds a BA in history from Lewis & Clark College and a JD from New York University. He is married to Grace E. Hackmeier BA ’91 who also received her degree in history. Jim and Grace are the owners of Whitetop Capital LLP, a business services firm registered in England and Wales. In the 1990s, Grace worked as a research associate and as a fundraiser in the development department of the New York Public Library. She has served on the Lewis & Clark Global Advisory Board since November 2020.

Jim and Grace have three children: Eliza, Henry, and Annabelle. They also spend time at their secondary home in Lake Tahoe, California.

Andre Stewart is currently the Chief Underwriting and Liability Officer for Robin Healthcare, which is a newly established healthcare technology company. The company is dedicated to helping doctors take better care of patients. This is done by leveraging technology, artificial intelligence and skilled staff to build stronger patient-doctor centric healthcare system. He is responsible for: developing and maintaining solutions with healthcare systems, brokers and carriers, product development and design as well as managing enterprise risk regarding: insurance, staffing, and various other internal processes for Robin Healthcare.Andre J. Stewart serves on the advisory board of the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership which he joined in April 2017. Both members of the Lewis & Clark Parents Council, Andre and his spouse, Renee Stewart, are the parents of Ryan Stewart BA ’19 and Cameron Stewart BA ’23.

Andre has over 25 years of experience in the areas of medical professional liability where he had successes as an “intreprenuer” with several carriers: Zurich, CNA, The Doctors Company and NORCAL. He developed several successful products and relationships as well as drove profitable growth by expanding past and current companies into more states.

Andre is a strong believer of giving back to the community. He currently serves on the following committees: City of Benicia Human Services Board, Sutter Healthcare System patient family advisor, Solano Community College bond oversight committee, and Benicia Black Lives Matter. In the past he has also served as a school board trustee (12 years), as well as on various other city and county commissions.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance (minors in Sociology and Economics) from Northern Illinois University and a Masters of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School. He has also completed post graduate work at U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business in Strategy, leadership, and marketing.