James has over five years of experience in global and public health communications, advocacy, program management, grant writing, research, and development. His areas of expertise include LGBTQ+ health care, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and non-communicable diseases.
James previously served as the Assistant Director of Performance Improvement for NYC Health + Hospitals, where he compiled and reviewed data analytics to drive clinical improvement, developed and implemented performance goals, and created communications materials for external publications. Prior to this, James worked for a network of federally qualified health centers, where he drafted and procured grants for LGBTQ+ 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 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 is currently a Master of Public Health candidate at the CUNY School of Public Health. He holds a Master of Arts in Politics from The New School for Social Research and a Bachelor ofArts in Politics from Eugene Lang College. James speaks English, Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian.