James received a B.A. in Political Science with honors from the University of Delaware in 2007, a Master’s of Business Administration from Wilmington University in 2014, and is a fellow in the current Leadership Delaware class.
Two months after 9/11, James enlisted in the Army Reserve during his freshmen year at the University of Delaware. After postponing his sophomore year to finish training, he returned for winter session in January 2003. Two weeks into his sophomore year, James’s unit (the 744th Military Police Battalion) was mobilized. In March 2003, the 744th deployed to Kuwait and crossed the border into Iraq shortly thereafter. During his year-long tour in Iraq, James started as a prison guard in Naseriyah, Iraq. After his unit was relocated to Baghdad, he became his battalion commander’s gunner and then driver. On a mission in Baghdad, James’s convoy was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and he received the Combat Action Badge. James was honorably discharged after an 8-year commitment.
James began working in the finance industry in early 2007 after graduating from the University of Delaware. Shortly after getting hired as an underwriter for Merchant Cash and Capital located in New York City, he worked his way into a management role at the fledgling company where he managed a team of underwriters responsible for loaning out millions of dollars. In October 2008, James left finance to join the Newark, DE Police Department. While employed as a police officer, James created several community outreach initiatives, most notably the #HugACop video which won Technically Delaware’s Best Social Media Venture for 2015, and was replicated across the country by multiple police departments. James is the Director of Partnerships for Coded by Kids, a non-profit that teaches underserved youth the skills needed to succeed in a tech-driven society.
James is a very active musician and plays the guitar throughout Delaware in multiple acoustic duos. He is the vice-chairman of the Wilmington Housing Authority, and is the founder of “Elected Officials of America: Underdog Stories,” a podcast designed to inspire people to run for office and reduce the current bitterness in American politics.
James is a single “Dad” raising “Hoss,” a tail-less 60 lbs Great Pyrenees/Samoyed rescue originally from La Mancha Animal Rescue, who enjoys chewing on socks and expensive dress shoes.
Board member of 1504 North Broom Street Condo Association
Vice-president of Delaware Avenue Community Association
Best Buddies – longest buddy pair in Delaware