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CANDACE L. STRAIGHT

Candy Straight is a private investor, independent director and executive producer of the independent film Equity, the first female-driven Wall Street film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016 and was purchased by Sony Pictures Classics and released in theaters in July 2016. Straight is also the executive producer of a new independent film, The Pages, a political thriller staring Jamie Lee Curtis and Tika Sumpter. Straight, appointed by Governor Chris Christie, served on the Rutgers University Board of Governors from 2011 to 2016. She served as a member of Governor Christie's treasury transition team. She has worked for numerous corporations including Merck & Co. Inc. and Bankers Trust Company.

Straight 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 also served as a director of the Montpelier Re from 2007-2016, 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. Straight also served as a director of Integon Life, Marketing One, and Drake Holdings. In 1982, she was appointed by Governor Thomas Kean to be a trustee of the Public Employees Retirement System of the State of New Jersey, serving until 1988.

Straight was co-chair of Governor Christine Todd Whitman's budget advisory committee and served on Mayor Rudy Giuliani's budget transition team. Appointed by Governor Whitman to the board of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority in 1994, she was vice chairman from 1996 to 2003. She also served on Mayor Giuliani and Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Private/Public Initiatives Council and is a former trustee of the New Jersey Network Foundation and a past president of the Financial Women's Association of New York. Straight is the past president and co-founder of the WISH List, a national donor network to support pro-choice Republican women for high political office. A graduate of Bloomfield High School, she received her B.A. degree from Wilson College and her M.B.A. degree from New York University, as well as an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Wilson College.