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Prior to joining Columbia University, James last served as Acting Vice President for Budget and Finance at Hunter College. At Hunter College, he oversaw the management of the fiscal affairs, capital projects and campus planning, and business office operations including bursar, payroll, procurement, accounts payable, and accounting. In this capacity, he was responsible for over $120 million annual operating budget.
James also has significant experience in New York City government. Prior to his work at Hunter College, he worked for the NYC Mayor's Office of Management and Budget for 14 years with progressive responsibilities. In his capacity as Assistant Budget Director he served as the principal liaison to five major agencies including Fire, Parks, and Sanitation on all budgetary matters.
James holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Statistics and a Master of Science in Policy and Management from Stony Brook University. He is also an alumnus with a Master of Science in Construction Administration from Columbia University.