During his eight year US Army career, James served in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Suwon, Korea; Ft. Stewart, Ga.; and Ft. Bliss, Tx. James went from leading soldiers as a non-commissioned officer to earn his M.A. in Education and supporting military- affiliated students in community college, non-profit, for-profit, and Research 1 institutions. Currently James serves as the Associated Director of Student Engagement with National University.
Prior positions include, the inaugural Coordinator of the Student Veteran Resource Center at UC San Diego, the Lead Student Veteran Access Advisor at Ashford University, where he developed military and veteran programs and services, facilitated faculty and staff trainings, and chaired the Military and Veteran Student Task Force. James has also served with National University as the Retention/Transition Specialist in the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, where he coordinated student veteran transition initiatives, established VA work study and peer mentor programs, and chaired the Veterans Success Team.
Prior to his involvement in student veteran services, James worked for nine years as a Student Activities Advisor at Southwestern College. In the military community of San Diego, he served as a board member on both the San Diego Veterans Coalition and the Veterans Association of North County each for two years.