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University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation

James Cross

Vice President with the Franklin Equity Group at Franklin Templeton
Founder of the Silicon Valley Defense Group

James Cross is Vice President with the Franklin Equity Group at Franklin Templeton. He currently covers the aerospace and defense industries while leading the Industrials sector team. He also is a portfolio manager on the Franklin Technology Fund. Cross is also a director of Franklin Venture Partners where he manages the Franklin Equity Group’s venture investment activities. Before assuming industry coverage in 2000, Cross focused on quantitative research, risk analysis and performance attribution. Prior to joining Franklin Templeton in 1998, he worked as an economic planner for the State of Texas. Cross earned a BBA with a major in economics from Baylor University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder and a member of the EvoNexus Board of Directors.

Expertise & Interests

  • Venture capital
  • Aerospace industry
  • Defense industry
  • Science and technology