James Fishon

James is a global health and development professional with experience in communications, advocacy, program management, grant writing, and data analysis. His areas of expertise include LGBTQIA health care, HIV/AIDS, cholera, and malaria.

James previously served as the Assistant Director of Performance Improvement for NYC Health + Hospitals, where he managed multiple clinical improvement projects and served as a system-wide communications liaison. Prior to this, James worked for a network of federally qualified health centers, where he drafted and procured grants for LGBTQIA health care access and built legal-medical partnerships within state and federal court systems.

James is a former Peace Corps volunteer, having spent a year in Ukraine working with PEPFAR and USAID on health reform, HIV/AIDS prevention, and human trafficking interventions. Prior to the Peace Corps, he served as a global health consultant, working on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Grand Challenges” initiatives, the ExxonMobil Foundation’s malaria portfolio, and the UN Foundation’s “Free and Equal” campaign.

James holds a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from the CUNY School of Public Health, a Master of Arts in Politics from The New School for Social Research, and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Eugene Lang College.

James speaks English, Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian.