James is the California Director of LRNG, a national effort that networks learning and career opportunities throughout entire cities and organizations for young people, especially those from underserved communities. Although based here in San Diego, he also works in the Bay area and in Sacramento.
He is a multi-generational San Diegan. He grew up in Mission Hills and attended San Diego High School.
After graduating from Stanford, James spent 12 years in Turkey as a journalist, an entrepreneur and as a administrator at a top university there.
He attributes his commitment to service to his late grandfather, who taught him to embrace public service and lifelong learning, both personally and professionally.
John Wertz, Chris Yanov and Judy McDonald were his sponsors.