Jim is a fierce advocate for educational equity and excellence, having served in multiple roles in strategy, innovation and philanthropy. As President and Executive Director, Jim works alongside the DC Public Education Fund team, community stakeholders and funders to identify and connect philanthropic resources for DCPS’s boldest innovations. To date, the Ed Fund has raised over $180m to support innovations in DC Public Schools.
Prior to joining the Ed Fund, he served as Senior Director of Program Strategy at City Bridge Education, where he coordinated the strategy for their DC education incubator. During this time, Jim oversaw the design and creation of several new charter schools, as well as education ventures working towards educational equity. Jim also served as an Investment Manager at the Philadelphia School Partnership, managing a portfolio of over 15 public school innovation grants. Jim has served as a coach and consultant for a variety of organizations, including 4.0 Schools, Teach For America, TNTP, School Kit and Catalyst Ed.
Jim began his career in education through Teach For America as a high school social studies teacher and eventually an assistant principal and college readiness director in New Orleans. His passion for teaching led him to win several high-profile teaching awards, such as the New Orleans Excellence in Teaching Award, St. John Parish District Teacher of the Year and New Orleans Saints Outstanding Teacher Award.
Jim received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Rutgers University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Teachers College – Columbia University. Jim currently lives in Washington, DC.