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.
Straight is a director of Neuberger and Berman’s mutual funds which have assets of approximately $37 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 AN ACCEPATABLE LOSS, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Tika Sumpter. Straight is an investor in and on the board of directors of Rebelle Media, a multimedia company led by women built to bring a different lens to the creative and financing decisions and bring on a new era of storytelling.
Straight served on the Board of Governors of Rutgers University from 2011 through December 2016 and is on the steering committee of the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University. Straight also serves as a Visiting Associate of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. Straight is a member of the board of the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) 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.