The Iona College Campus Quad

James P. Oates ’95

Iona College and the Christian Brothers provided James with excellent experiences and opportunities that set the foundation for the rest of his personal and professional life.

James met his wife and fellow alumni Monica Oates ’95 at Iona and have a nephew currently on the Pipe Band earning his undergraduate degree. They are an Iona family that tries to stay engaged and participate in various alumni events and fundraisers throughout the year. They particularly love going to the Hynes Center with their two teenage daughters to watch the Iona Gaels play basketball.

Having worked in the Christian Brothers headquarters in New Rochelle, the Finance Department at the business school helped arrange an internship for him in the Internal Audit Department of an Investment Bank in New York. This helped him prepare for a successful 23-year career in the financial industry, including serving as the global head of Internal Audit at one of the world’s leading financial institutions as well as its global head of Compliance & Operational Risk Control.

In his spare time, James loves playing golf and tennis, as well as researching his genealogical roots. He and his wife are excited about all that is happening with the school and he is keen to do more to give back to Iona.