Co-Founder and Director of Innovation
James has taught more than 20 different high school classes in math, economics, physics, music and entrepreneurship over the last decade. Prior to the New School, James was employee #1 and Global Program Director at Village Capital, where he helped launch a network of impact accelerator programs on five continents, and a seed-stage fund facilitating peer-selected investments in more than 40 startups. James also passed level 1, 2 and 3 of the CFA program, is a dedicated board director at The Atlanta Music Project, an Airbnb Superhost, and a studio musician. His recent musical projects include Music Director for a Dad’s Garage Christmas comedy play at the Alliance Theatre, co-composer for The King of Pops musical, and Atlanta Braves web advertisements. Upon graduating with 1st-class honors from the University of St Andrews, James was awarded the Robert T. Jones Memorial Scholarship for graduate study at Emory University.