James is a proud resident and dedicated public servant who understands the West Ventura County’s unique cultural, environmental, and educational needs. James work with children began at an early point in his educational career. He started his education journey at his old high school as a special education paraeducator where he became enamored with special education and working with young people. He is currently an education specialist at Ventura Charter School, a proud member the California Teacher Association and he has over 10 years of experience educating youth in Ventura County.
James received two Associate degrees in Liberal Arts at Santa Barbara City College, a Bachelor’s in Educational Studies at the University of La Verne. He earned his Education Specialist credential and a Master of Science in Special Education at Cal Lutheran University. He currently is the Chair of VUSD's Declining Enrollment Committee and served as on the 7-11 Committee to evaluate the district's surplus property. James also served on the Westside Community Council as Chair and he continues to serve on various community boards and commissions. James has always been a strong community advocate, supporter of environmental and social justice and strong advocate for students and teachers.