A native of Boston, James grew up in the very communities he has spent a lifetime advocating. He is a proud graduate of Madison Park High School, he honed his community-building skills while attending the University of Massachusetts at Boston as has participated in several certificate programs that focused on Positive Youth Development, Civic Engagement and Non-Profit Leadership. In April of 2019, James graduated from the Non-Profit Management Leadership Certificate Program at the Boston University Questrom School of Business.  

James’ professional experience includes serving at the federal, state, and local levels of government in various leadership positions. Because of his love for community, he was instrumental in the creation of Mothers for Justice and Equality and Peace Boston, both created to address violence in the city of Boston. In 2018, after the death of the son of a young woman James affectionally calls his sister, James began to advocate and convene residents and city leaders to address issues of violence and trauma under the #weneedtoknow.

James is a strong believer in the power of resident engagement. The belief that communities possess the ability to make a change and address the socio-economic, public health, and public safety concerns that disproportionately impact communities of color are the new form of classicism. Aligning himself with the power of youth access and opportunities, healthy lifestyles, is the cornerstone of his advocacy.

James joined the DRIVE Boston team in November of 2019.