James will restore LGBTQ leadership to the Alexandria City Council!
James is an Alexandrian by choice. Ten years ago, he chose to live here because the City felt like the small town in Southwestern Pennsylvania where he’d grown up. Neighbors knew and cared about each other; everyone shared a passion for improving the world.
Originally moving to Virginia to attend the College of William and Mary, he completed a bachelors of biology and international relations. He briefly returned to the Pittsburgh area to lead a team of disadvantaged high school students working to complete conservation projects in city parks, a partnership between Job Corps, Student Conservation Association and the City of Pittsburgh.
Following the 2010 election, he moved to Alexandria with whatever fit in his Suzuki Forenza. Living in the Foxchase Apartments and launched his career in advocacy and communications. Over the past decade, he has led efforts for think tanks, trade associations, PACs, candidates and two Members of Congress: Congresswomen Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Robin Kelly (IL-02).
A lifelong Democrat, James has been involved in Virginia politics since moving to the Commonwealth. Locally, he served as ADC Precinct Captain for Lyles Crouch. He served as Issue Advocacy Director of the national Young Democrats of America and President of the Virginia Young Democrats during the 2017 cycle. Under his leadership, the organization contacted more than 120,000 Virginians, helping to sweep the statewide offices and flipping 15 seats in the House of Delegates.