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About James

As the associate director of admission for access and inclusion, James works closely with the Office of Admission and a wide array of access programs to identify and recruit talented students to join the White Mountain community. In addition, he serves as an advisor to students, guiding and supporting them in order to ensure their academic and personal success.

Prior to joining White Mountain in June 2021, James spent several years building a career in immigration policy and New York City government. He found the work fulfilling, but as someone whose life was transformed by the educational opportunities that were provided to him, he always wanted to pay it forward and help open the door for other students—which is why he decided to reorient his path and foray into the world of education.

James lives on campus, and during his spare time, he enjoys writing, playing the drums, and listening to country music.


New York, New York


  • M.P.A., Public Policy Analysis, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
  • B.A., Government & Legal Studies (with a Minor in Economics), Bowdoin College