Jim has an extensive background in public policy, public service, workforce development, and nonprofit management. As Mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota from 1990-94, and as a member of the Saint Paul City Council from 1982-1989, Jim led committees on workforce issues for the National League of Cities and U.S. Conference of Mayors. Jim served as Senior Vice President for the Corporation for National and Community Service under the Clinton administration where he directed the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) and the Senior Corps programs. He has also served as Executive Director of a number of nonprofits specializing in job training and employment assistance.
Jim is currently Executive in Residence for the School of Business at Hamline University, and consults with private colleges and nonprofit organizations on service and poverty initiatives.
Jim holds a bachelor’s degree from St. John's University, a Doctor of Humane Letter, Honoris Causa from the College of St. Catherine, and was a Fannie Mae Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is based in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Jim has been a member of NSC’s Board since 2002.