In his role, James leads a central office team responsible for the management of out-of-school time partnerships and programs supporting all Pittsburgh Public Schools students. Previously, James served as a Human Capital Manager for Pittsburgh Public Schools, responsible for the staffing of over 30 schools and as the Director of Outreach and Volunteer Recruitment for CONTACT Pittsburgh, a community-based crisis and suicide hotline.
James is also active in the Pittsburgh community as a member of the Executive Committee of Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST), a member of the Advisory Board for the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh African-American Achievement Trust initiative, and as volunteer and supporter of a number of organizations including Orange Arrow, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, and the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania. He has been recognized locally as a 2015 recipient of a Junior Achievement Bronze Leadership Award, the 2015 Big Brothers, Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Advisory Board Member of the Year, and the 2017 MLK Distinguished Coro Center for Civic Leadership Award winner; recognized statewide as a 2015 Afterschool Champion by the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network (PSAYDN); and recognized nationally as a 2017 National Afterschool Association Next Generation of Afterschool award winner. James is also currently pursuing a Doctor of Education (EdD) degree at the University of Pittsburgh with a concentration in Out of School Learning.
James is a Remake Learning Ambassador.