James is a Deputy Director of LAANE, which he joined in 2003 as a senior policy analyst, focusing on new developments and specializing in the hospitality industry. He has led efforts on behalf of LAANE to adopt the Century Corridor Living Wage Ordinance, the Hotel Labor Peace policy and L.A. World Airport’s shuttle driver’s policy, among others, and has worked on numerous new development campaigns to ensure that community benefits are included. He became LAANE’s policy director in early 2007, and in this capacity has helped coordinate policy efforts for all LAANE projects. Prior to joining LAANE, James served as executive director of Coalition L.A., community organizer with UNITE HERE and editor of Random Lengths News in San Pedro. James lives in Mount Washington with his wife Kristin and his son Toby.