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Interview with Candace Straight

Candace L. (Candy) Straight was co-chair of Governor Christine Todd Whitman’s Budget Advisory Committee. Whitman also appointed Straight to the Board of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority in 1994, with Straight serving as vice chairman of the board from 1996 until January 2003. Before her role in the Whitman administration, Straight was a trustee of the Public Employees Retirement System of the State of New Jersey under Governor Thomas Kean. She also served on New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s Budget Transition Team and on Mayor Giuliani and Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Private/Public Initiatives Council. Straight is a former trustee of the New Jersey Network Foundation and a past president of the Financial Women’s Association of New York. She is also the past president and co-founder of the WISH List, a national donor network to support pro-choice Republican women for high political office.

Straight has worked for numerous corporations including Merck & Co. Inc. and Bankers Trust Company and has served as an advisory director of Securitas Capital, LLC, a global private equity investment firm specializing in insurance and financial services related industries. She is also a director of the Montpelier Re, a property catastrophe reinsurance company based in Bermuda, and of Neuberger and Berman’s mutual funds, which have assets of approximately $45 billion. From 1987 to 1996, Straight was a principal of Head Company, a merchant banking firm specializing in the insurance industry. Straight was president of Integon Corporation from 1990 to 1992 and served as a director until 1995. She is currently a private investor and investment-banking consultant specializing in the insurance industry and a member of the Rutgers University Board of Governors, appointed by Governor Chris Christie. Straight also served as a member of Governor Christie’s Treasury Transition Team.


Interview on January 29, 2015Transcript available here (pdf)