James believes in making government work effectively and efficiently. Serving as an aide to the Mayor of Boston, he utilized technology to solve persistent problems like potholes and snow removal. James also designed an affordable housing policy for the state of Massachusetts and a performance management system for three departments for then Newark Mayor Cory Booker. James earned his Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and his BA from Pomona College. He is currently a professor at two Jersey City universities: New Jersey City University & Hudson County Community College.
Committed to Public Service
James met the love of life, Gabrielle Ramos, at graduate school, bonding over a shared commitment to make the world a better place. They married in August 2015. Two months later James was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, James is blessed to be completely healthy. That ordeal reminded him that he should spend his time doing what he loves. And James loves teaching and practicing public policy to make a difference in the lives of his students and citizens.
Fights for Our Community’s Values
James fights for progressive values. From knocking on doors on behalf of Barack Obama in rural Missouri to operating a free legal clinic in West Chicago to leading the efforts to elect Hillary Clinton in Jersey City, James believes in backing up his values with hard work. James is a leader in the Evict Trump/Kushner movement in Jersey City that won a hard-earned victory when Mayor Fulop rejected Jared Kushner’s Company’s request for a long-term tax break.