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B.A. degree, Wilson College; M.B.A. degree, New York University
Candace Straight is a private investor and independent director. Throughout her career she has worked for numerous corporations including, Merck & Co. Inc. and Bankers Trust Company. Straight has also served as a principal of a private equity firm and as an advisory director of Securitas Capital, L.L.C., a global private equity investment firm specializing in insurance and financial services related industries, She has also served on numerous corporate boards including Montpelier Re, the Integon Corporation and National Atlantic Holdings.
Straight is currently a director of Neuberger and Berman’s mutual funds which have assets of approximately $40 billion. She is the Executive Producer of EQUITY, an independent film starring two-time Emmy winner Anna Gunn. EQUITY is the first female-driven Wall Street film with Gunn playing a senior investment banker threatened by financial scandal. The film premiered January 26, 2016 at the Sundance film festival and was purchased by Sony Pictures Classics and was released in theaters on July 29, 2016. Straight is an Executive Producer of the movie, AN ACCEPTABLE LOSS, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Tika Sumpter which was released in theaters in January 2019.
Straight is a co-producer of a documentary on the ERA which is expected to be released in 2021 and is a Co-Founder of Women for a Stronger New Jersey, a political action committee which supports moderate GOP women for state and local office.
Straight is also on the board of Rebelle Media, a film and TV production company dedicated to providing outstanding roles for women in front of and behind the cameras.
In 1982, she was appointed to the board of the Public Employees Retirement System by Governor Tom Kean, serving until 1988. Straight was co-chair of Governor Christie Whitman’s budget advisory committee and Whitman appointed her to the board of the New Jersey Exposition Authority, serving as Vice Chair from 1996 to 2003.
Straight served on the Board of Governors of Rutgers University from 2011 through December 2016 and on the Board of Trustees of Wilson College. She currently serves on the board ERA Coalition.
Straight is a graduate of Bloomfield High School. She received her B.A. from Wilson College and her M.B.A. from New York University. In June 1994, Wilson College awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Straight.