James joined NYCEDC in February of 2017. Before his appointment by Mayor de Blasio, James served as chief of staff to Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen where he worked closely with NYCEDC to achieve the shared goals of affordable housing, strong neighborhoods, and creating good jobs.
Before joining the office of the deputy mayor for housing and economic development, James served as Vice President of the Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs where he helped finance a variety of real estate and economic development projects across the country. He also served as Senior Analyst at NERA Economic Consultants, assisting public and private organizations with major economic development initiatives, including mixed-use projects and transportation infrastructure. James holds a BA in Economics from Amherst College and an MBA from Stanford University.