Party affiliation: Democrat
James Oran Manley, American real estate development executive, former city official, lay-clergyman. Member Public Relations Society of America, International City Managers Association, American Society Public Administration (former council; Club: Summit (Houston).; Lodge: Houston Kiwanis (co-chairman program committee).
Ordained to ministry Baptist Church, 1963. Campus minister various schools Baptist General Convention Texas, 1961-1971. Administrative assistant Office of Mayor, City of Houston, 1974-1977, executive assistant, 1978-1981, director Citizens Assistance, 1981-1983.
Senior vice president Alexandrite Corporation, Houston, since 1983. President public relations firm. Public speaker. President, Houston chapter Volunteers of America.
Member advisory board Sheltering Arms of Houston. Board directors Consumer Credit Counseling Services. Former board member Houston Metropolitan Ministries.
Member board consultant Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission. Member speakers committee Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Member advisory board Houston Center for Humanities.
Member Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Council. Danforth grantee, 1971-1972. Rice University fellow, 1972-1974.