James joined IAVA in 2012 and became an IAVA Volunteer Community Leader in 2015; coordinating events, outreach, and volunteers in the San Diego area. He retired from the Navy in 2015 after 21 years of service as a surface warfare officer afloat and ashore in active and reserve billets. This included a deployment from 2009-2010 to Afghanistan where he served on the staff of US Forces Afghanistan. His day job is managing the Enterprise Network Operations team for a major research university. He received his BS in computer science from the University of Southern California.