James was elected in 2009 and re-elected in 2013 to serve on the Arlington School Board, elected as Chair in 2014. He has been proud to serve our community at every level; outreach chair for the steering committee, multiple PTAs, and county-wide committees.
After serving as an officer in the United States Navy, James and his family made Arlington their home. James is a Gulf War veteran, and was recalled to active service after September 11, 2001, in support of Operation Iraqi/Enduring Freedom.
James works at the Consumer Federation of America, serving as the Director of Military Saves, a campaign to motivate, support, and encourage military families to save money and build wealth. In this role, James maintains a close working relationship with the Department of Defense, the branches of the military and national partners. He is also responsible for development and implementation of strategic practices and plans and heads Military Saves Week, an annual event held each February.
Prior to joining the Consumer Federation of America, James led Goodwill Industries International’s veteran and military family services. In his role at Goodwill, James was responsible for workforce development initiatives that empowered transitioning active duty personnel and military veterans with the tools they need to find employment, advance in their careers and ensure long-term financial stability for their families.
James earned his master’s degree in systems engineering from the University of Virginia and his bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.