Sonoma County Representative |
After graduating from college, James joined the Peace Corps and worked in Bolivia, South America. There, he collaborated with community members to build water management systems, better manage agriculture production, and of personal importance, developing a health and hygiene campaign that successfully linked seven isolated communities around medical & dental care and education. In an effort to enhance both a vibrant economy and protect our nation’s natural resources, James advocated for and led efforts to expand services in persistent poverty areas with underserved communities – leading to the creation and deployment of USDA’s persistent poverty initiative, StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity. He was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2014.