Mr. Graham was born in New York City and is a graduate of Brown University (B.A.), Loyola Marymount (M.A., English), and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.). Since 2004, Graham has worked in education and philanthropy in California. He served as director of a Rudolf Steiner school, chief operating officer of a developer of school facilities for high-quality charter school operators serving at risk urban populations, and executive director of the Los Angeles office for a national community development financing institution. Graham has helped create over 12,000 public school seats throughout California, and raised and leveraged millions of dollars in grant and operating funds, new markets tax credit equity, and public and private debt to help low-income communities.
Graham is a also lawyer admitted to the New York and California Bar Associations, and developer of commercial real estate including 250 residential units in California. He has served as financial advisor to under-capitalized businesses, creditor committees to companies and partnerships in bankruptcy and was a key advisor in the successful recapitalizations of Fairfield Communities and US Home (among other public and private entities), while also assembling and managing a multi-state commercial real estate portfolio on behalf of institutional clients.
In 1989, Graham married Swedish actress Elizabeth Banke, moved to Sweden, and taught at Lund University as the American lecturer in Lund’s English Department. The Banke-Grahams have been married 25 years and live with two sons in Santa Monica, California.