James joined CEA’s Philanthropic Services practice in 2013. At CEA he works on strategic planning for foundations and nonprofits across a range of environmental issues, such as global freshwater management, deforestation in Brazil, climate change mitigation, and fisheries governance in the developing world. James’ recent clients include The Rockefeller Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the ClimateWorks Foundation, and Environmental Defense Fund. On behalf of clients he has led site visits and strategy investigations across Latin America and South and Southeast Asia.
Prior to joining CEA James worked in the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign. There he built and used data tools to support the Sierra Club’s policy advocacy strategy for retiring coal-fired power plants and supporting renewable energy policies at state and federal levels. During college he oversaw the digital strategy for a Pacific Northwest coastal cleanup campaign with The Nature Conservancy and spent time supporting multinational corporate litigation at Davis Polk & Wardwell law firm in New York City.
James earned his bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College, where he majored in Philosophy and minored in Italian. In his free time he enjoys playing soccer, backpacking, and playing the fiddle.