James currently serves on the Board of the SCLC of Southern California. He previously served on the Board of Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), and Chair of the ADA Foundation.
From 2002-04 he served on the Liberty Hill Foundation Fund for a New LA Funding Board. James is a long-time delegate to the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and has served as a member of the Federation’s COPE Board for more than 20 years. James is the recipient of the 1993 Democrat of the Year Award-Assembly District 45 (Villaraigosa) and was recognized by Congresswomen Judy Chu as the 27th Congressional District 2013 Community Activist of the Year. He has served on the Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee and The California Democratic Party Platform Committee.
James has a 21-year-old son Gabriel and recently married his long-time companion, Valerie Harragin, who is a Federal Mediator and serves on the board of the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council.
They reside in the Mt. Washington Community of Los Angeles.