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.