Below is a sample of James's *past and present* community, governance, and professional experience. For more detailed info, visit his LinkedIn or send him an email at james@jamesforspps.com!

Saint Paul Public Schools

  • Highland Park Senior High School Class of 2016 Graduate

  • Multicultural Ethnic Studies Stakeholder Group

  • Critical Ethnic Studies Steering Committee

  • Highland Park Senior High School Parent Teacher Student Association Executive Board

  • Administrator of Working for a Better SPPS

  • Highland Park Football Booster Club Vice President

  • Scots Hockey Booster Club Secretary

  • Highland Park Senior High School Class of 2016 Alumni Committee Chair

  • Founding Member/Rally Organizer, No Cuts to Kids 2015

  • SPPS Facilities Master Plan Engagement Team Participant 

Board Governance

  • Friends School of Minnesota School Committee (Board of Trustees) and Development Committee

  • CAPI Board of Directors and Governance Committee

  • Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association Board of Directors

  • Minnesota Student Association Executive Board

  • Friends of Highland Arts Board of Directors

  • YMCA Center for Youth Voice State Board

  • Summit Hill Association/District 16 Planning Council Board of Directors

Community Engagement

  • Southwest Business Coalition Chair

  • Forever 52 Board of Directors

  • Minnesota March for Our Lives Chair

  • YMCA Center for Youth Voice Community Development Committee Interim Chair

  • Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America - Students Liaison (Minnesota State Leadership Team)

  • UpStage Stigma Twin Cities Audition Committee

  • Saint Paul Neighborhood Honor Roll Recipient (2017)

  • Minnesota DECA Career Development Conference Judge

UMN Governance

  • University of Minnesota Board of Regents (4th Congressional District Regent)

  • University Senate (College of Education and Human Development Senator)

  • University of Minnesota Executive Vice President and Provost Search Committee

  • SUA Board of Governors

  • Housing and Residential Life Advisory Board

  • M-Dining Student Advisory Committee

  • Chief of Staff, Communications Director, and Campus Life Committee Director, Minnesota Student Association

  • University Senate (Member - Senate Committee on Finance and Planning and Senate Committee on Student Affairs)

  • University of Minnesota Alumni Association - Student Government Alumni Network Leadership Team


  • Executive Director, Highland Business Association

  • Human Resources Intern, Friends School of Minnesota

  • Campus Representative, Apple Inc.

  • Office of Human Resources, Minnesota Department of Transportation

  • Human Resources Team Member, Target

  • Membership and Marketing Coordinator, Grand Avenue Business Association