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Katharine (Kitty) Dukakis | Michael S. Dukakis
Full Biographies

To reach Governor Dukakis, please contact his student assistant
Cory O’Hayer at or (617) 373-4396.

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Senior Staff

Barry BluestoneBarry Bluestone
Founding Director, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy
Russell B. and Andree B. Stearns Trustee Professor of Political Economy

Barry Bluestone is the founding Director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, and the founding Dean of the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.  Before assuming these posts, Bluestone spent twelve years at the University of Massachusetts at Boston as the Frank L. Boyden Professor of Political Economy and as a Senior Fellow at the University’s John W. McCormack Institute of Public Affairs. He was the Founding Director of UMass Boston’s Ph.D. Program in Public Policy. Before coming to UMass in the Fall of 1986, he taught economics at Boston College for fifteen years and was Director of the University’s Social Welfare Research Institute. Professor Bluestone was raised in Detroit, Michigan and attended the University of Michigan where he received his B.A., M.A. and finally his Ph.D. in economics in 1974.

At the Dukakis Center, Bluestone has led research projects on housing, local economic development, state and local public finance, and the manufacturing sector in Massachusetts. At the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, he has co-chaired the Open Classroom series, a graduate seminar on critical social issues open free to the public each semester. He was also part of the team that developed the school’s Master’s Program in Urban and Regional Policy (MURP).

As a political economist, Bluestone has written widely in the areas of income distribution, business and industrial policy, labor-management relations, higher education finance, and urban and regional economic development. He contributes regularly to academic, as well as popular journals, and is the author of eleven books. In 1982, he published The Deindustrialization of America (co-authored with the late Bennett Harrison) which analyzed the restructuring of American industry and its economic and social impact on workers and communities. A sequel published in 1988, The Great U-Turn: Corporate Restructuring and the Polarizing of America, also co-authored with Harrison, investigated how economic policies have contributed to growing inequality. In earlier books, Bluestone investigated the low-wage labor market, the aircraft industry, and the revolution in the retail trade sector. In 1992, Negotiating the Future: A Labor Perspective on American Business was published. Co-authored with his father, Irving Bluestone, the book traces the history of labor-management relations since World War II and offers the concept of the “Enterprise Compact” as an approach to industrial relations which can boost productivity, improve product quality and innovation, and enhance employment security. Korean, Spanish, and Japanese editions of this book have been published.

In 2000, Bluestone published two new books. The first of these, co-authored again with Harrison and titled Growing Prosperity: The Battle for Growth with Equity in the 21st Century, investigates the prospects for faster economic growth in the U.S. It was published by Houghton Mifflin and the Twentieth Century Fund. The second, The Boston Renaissance: Race, Space, and Economic Change in an American Metropolis, co-authored with Mary Huff Stevenson and published by the Russell Sage Foundation, was the culmination of nearly five years of research on the new Boston economy. It recounts the industrial and demographic revolution in post-World War II Boston and its impact on racial and ethnic attitudes, residential segregation, and the labor market success of whites, blacks, and Latinos.

Bluestone’s latest book published in 2008 and co-authored with Mary Huff Stevenson and Russell Williams is a major textbook entitled The Urban Experience: Economics, Society, and Public Policy. This work, rich in theory and applied policy, was written for an interdisciplinary audience and can be used at either the undergraduate or graduate level.

As part of his work, Bluestone spends a considerable amount of time consulting with trade unions, with industry groups, and with various federal and state government agencies. He was Executive Adviser to the Governor’s Commission on the Future of Mature Industries in Massachusetts and has worked with the economic development departments of various states. He has testified before Congressional committees and lectures regularly before university, labor, community, and business groups.  He appears frequently on local and national radio.  Bluestone is also a founding member of the Economic Policy Institute, along with Robert Reich, Lester Thurow, Robert Kuttner, Ray Marshall, and Jeff Faux. In 2006, he served on the transition team for Governor Deval Patrick.

He currently serves as a member of the advisory council to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development as well as the Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance.  He served on the Governor’s Economic Development Strategy Council and is now an executive board member of the Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative.  From 2007-2010, he served as a member of the Community Affairs Research Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.   He is a past board member of the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) and currently as a board member of the Lyric Stage of Boston.

In his spare time, when he was younger, he used to compete in team triathlons as a bicycle racer — fortunately with a team otherwise comprised of orthopedic surgeons and an internist. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife Mary Ellen Colten. Their son Joshua is an undergraduate at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Full Biography | Phone: (617) 373-7870 |

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SP_400x400Stephanie Pollack
Associate Director of Research

Stephanie Pollack is Associate Director of the Kitty & Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, overseeing the Center’s research agenda as well as conducting her own research projects in the areas of transportation policy, transit-oriented development, sustainability and equitable development. Pollack is also on the core faculty for the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, teaching courses to graduate students in the Law, Policy and Society program and teaching and supervising internships for the Master of Urban and Regional Policy program. Her courses include Strategizing Public Policy, Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning, Housing Policy and Transportation Policy.

Pollack is active in public policy issues affecting transportation, sustainable development and the environment in Massachusetts. She co-chaired Governor Deval Patrick’s 2006 transition working group on transportation and served on Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Climate Action Leadership Committee in 2009-2010. She currently serves on the boards of Boston Society of Architects, Charles River Watershed Association, Health Resources in Action and MoveMass.

Before coming to Northeastern in 2004, Pollack was a senior executive and attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation, New England’s leading environmental advocacy organization. During her two-decade career at CLF, Pollack worked on issues including transportation and transit policy, smart growth and sustainable development and childhood lead poisoning. From 2004 through 2010 she was also a partner in the strategic environmental consulting firm BlueWave Strategies LLC, where she advised clients on smart growth, transit-oriented development and other “green” real estate projects.

Pollack received both a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BS in Public Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Phone: (617) 373-8341 | Email:

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Heather SeligmanHeather Seligman Trayner
Associate Director of Administration and Finance

Heather began her tenure at the Dukakis Center in the fall of 2000. As our Associate Director of Administration and Finance, she is currently fiscally responsible for all grant, university supported, and gift funds, totaling over $2.5 million annually. Additionally, she is in charge of the Dukakis Center operations, responsible for human resources, project management, and payroll systems. She works closely with the Barry Bluestone on strategic planning and development for the Center. She also assists with marketing, communication, and development initiatives.

Heather also serves as the budget manager for the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Similar to her role for the Dukakis Center, she functions in the same capacity, managing operations and projects for the School. In May 2008, Heather completed her Masters in Business Administration. During the course of her academic experience, she discovered her interests lie in entrepreneurship, management, and planning.

Heather currently lives in southern New Hampshire with her husband, John, and golden retriever, Vienna.

Phone: (617) 373-3645 | Email:

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Senior Research Associates

Alan Clayton MatthewsAlan Clayton-Matthews

Alan Clayton-Matthews is Associate Professor and Director of Quantitative Methods in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.

Clayton-Matthews is co-editor of Massachusetts Benchmarks, a joint publication of the University of Massachusetts and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston that presents timely information and analysis about the performance of the Massachusetts economy. He is also a Director of the New England Economic Project, a group of economists and managers from academia, business, and government who study and forecast the New England economy.

Prior to joining the faculty of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Clayton-Matthews was an associate professor at UMass Boston. Even while there he had an affiliation with the Dukakis Center. He spent his 2007 sabbatical leave at the Dukakis Center. At the Center, he was the chief designer of the Labor Market Assessment Tool (LMAT) and has served as a consultant on a number of projects including “Staying Power: The Future of Manufacturing in Massachusetts”.

Previously, Clayton-Matthews has worked as an economist and policy analyst for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, the Social Welfare Research Institute at Boston College, and DRI/McGraw-Hill. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Boston College.

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Catherine Tumber

Catherine Tumber

Catherine Tumber is the Senior Research Associate and Executive Director of the EDSAT program, Dukakis Center

Catherine Tumber earned PhD and MA degrees in U.S. History from the University of Rochester, and a BA in Social Thought and Political Economy from UMass Amherst. She is the author of Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World (MIT Press, 2012), and writes about urban planning, design, and economic development for both scholarly and media publications.

Phone: (617) 373-7868 |

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Research Associates

Anna GartsmanAnna Gartsman
Research Associate

Anna Gartsman is a Research Associate at the Dukakis Center and a doctoral student in the Northeastern University School of Criminal Justice. She received a B.S. in Linguistics, Computer Science, and Cognitive Psychology from Northeastern University in 2007. Anna’s academic interests are primarily in spatial crime analysis and quantitative methods.

Anna has lived in the Boston area for over 15 years, and currently resides in Brighton, MA.

Phone: (617) 373-3110 | Email:

Liz Williams
Research Associate

Liz Williams is an urban policy researcher with ten years’ experience in the field. A doctoral candidate in sociology, Liz has been at the Dukakis Center since 2011. Her work includes evaluations and analysis of state and local policies that impact metropolitan and urban populations, specifically education, fiscal policy, housing and economic development, and most recently public transportation. Liz’s dissertation focuses on the distribution of public transit service and accessibility to social, civic, and economic opportunities among transit-dependent populations. This mixed-methods project will draw on qualitative, quantitative, and spatial-analytic techniques.

Prior to joining the Dukakis Center, Liz worked with Good Jobs First; the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute; the George Washington University Institute for Public Policy; and the American Institutes for Research. She received her B.A. from Clark University in Worcester, MA and her M.A. from George Washington University in Washington, DC.


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Senior Research Fellows

Joan Fitzgerald

Joan Fitzgerald is the Interim Dean of the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs and the Director of the Law and Public Policy Program at Northeastern University. At the Dukakis Center, Joan brings prior experience and current forward-thinking research focusing on “green growth”.

Her current research includes work on “Emerald Cities”, a comprehensive research project that examines how U.S. and Western European cities address the interrelated issues of global warming, energy dependence and opportunities for green economic development. Based from the findings of her research, this potential includes building new technology-based industry clusters, improving the efficiency of production in existing manufacturing processes, and creating well-paying green jobs in construction, manufacturing, and entirely new advanced technology sectors.

Prior to her work on “Emerald Cities”, Joan has written for several journals and regularly advises government officials on new “green-growth strategies”. Her recent publications include her 2002 economic development book, Economic Revitalization: Strategies and Cases for City and SuburbMoving Up in the New Economy (2006) and recent articles in the American Prospect focusing on green building and renewable energy.

Before coming to Northeastern University, Joan taught urban policy and public affairs at the New School University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Ohio State University.

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Richard O’Bryant

Richard O’Bryant is Director of the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute at Northeastern and a Senior Research Fellow with the Dukakis Center. He previously also served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. Richard helps coordinate activities with the Stony Brook Initiative and has developed a number of research proposals on the role of information technology on democratic process.

O’Bryant’s current teaching responsibilities include “Science, Technology and Public Policy”, “Urban Policies and Politics, Current Issues in Cities” and “Suburbs and Economic Institutions and Analysis”. O’Bryant is also co-director of the Political Science Experiential Education internship program. His recent publications include Low-Income Communities: Technological Strategies for Nurturing Community, Empowerment and Self-Sufficiency at a Low-Income Housing Development, a monograph published in 2005 in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s National Forum on Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Higher Education for the Public Good, and a review of Media Access: Social and Psychological Dimensions of a New Technology Use, published in February 2005 in the New Media and Society Journal. His current research interests are information technology and civic, social, and political participation.

Professor O’Bryant served as co-principal investigator of the Camfield Estates/MIT Project, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which included making wireless connectivity available to residents of Camfield Estates, located in Roxbury, Massachusetts. His professional experience also includes serving as a senior software engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation (now HP-Compaq), a research associate at the William Monroe Trotter Institute, and former Director of the John D. O’Bryant Community Youth Center.

Born and raised in Boston, O’Bryant received his doctorate in 2004 in Urban and Regional Studies from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. O’Bryant also has a bachelor’s degree in computer systems engineering from Howard University.

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Alicia Sasser Modestino

Dr. Alicia Sasser Modestino is an associate professor with appointments in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Department of Economics. Previously, Modestino was a Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston where she lead numerous research projects on regional economic and policy issues for the New England Public Policy Center. In that role, she frequently advised policymakers and business leaders and testified on key pieces of legislation related to labor market policies. Her work has appeared in journals such as Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Human Resources, and Health Affairs and has been presented at the annual meetings of the American Economic Association.

Her current research focuses on labor market dynamics including skills mismatch, youth labor market attachment, migration, and the impact of health care reform on employers. She is currently a co-principal investigator on Russell Sage Foundation Project #85-14-05, “Upskilling During the Great Recession: Do Employers Demand Greater Skill When Workers Are Plentiful?”

Modestino holds both a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University, where she also served as a doctoral fellow in the Inequality and Social Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government.

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Mary Huff Stevenson

Mary Huff Stevenson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Dukakis Center. Stevenson is a Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Boston and past Chair of the Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs at UMB’s John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies.

At the Dukakis Center, Stevenson has been a co-author with Barry Bluestone and Russell Williams of The Urban Experience: Economics, Society, and Public Policy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008).

Stevenson has been widely published, and writes on a number of issues that complement her specific interests: urban poverty and labor market problems, the economic status of women, and the development of urban public institutions. She is the author of three other books, two of which were co-authored with Dukakis Center director Barry Bluestone: The Boston Renaissance: Race, Space, and Economic Change in an American Metropolis (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2000) and Low Wages and the Working Poor published by the University of Michigan in 1973. Her solely authored book, Determinants of Low Wages for Women Workers, was published in 1984.

She has also written for a wide number of publications, including the Eastern Economics Journal, Borderlands of Economics: Essays in Honor of Daniel R. FusfeldFor Crying out Loud: Women’s Poverty in the United States; and for the Boston Observer, “The Dynamics of Labor Market Segmentation” and “Sex, Discrimination, and the Division of Labor.”

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Russ Eckel

Russ’ adult life has been an unfolding process of discovery and social activism.  For nearly forty years he has engaged the world as a social and business entrepreneur working on issues of social justice and equity.  And he doesn’t plan on stopping now.
He is currently the Chair of GreenPeabody, a regional organization working to promote renewable energy resources, energy efficiency, and sustainability on the north shore. He is also a freelance consultant and researcher and an entrepreneur working to create a new consulting practice working on municipal sustainability issues. In 1975 Russ founded the Arlington Food Coop and went on to become a member of the board of directors of the New England Food Coop Organization and a co-founder of the New England Food Coop Network.

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Don Walsh

Don Walsh was the Director of Community Relations and Economic Development for NSTAR, the region’s electricity and gas distributor, since its formation in 1999 until 2005, and served as the Director of Economic Development for Boston Edison since 1991. He was responsible for the relationships between NSTAR and the 108 cities and towns comprising the company’s service territory. As a result, he has a variety of real-world experiences built around the role of energy and energy delivery in municipalities. He has a strong background in economic development, particularly urban economic development, housing, and energy.

At the Center, Don was co-director of the research project that culminated in “Staying Power: The Future of Manufacturing in Massachusetts” and serves as co-chair of the Staying Power Task Force.

In addition to active participation in key private sector efforts to strengthen the Massachusetts economy, he was the founder of the Mass Alliance for Economic Development (MAED), which has become the primary source of real estate information for businesses considering a Massachusetts location. He was also the Founding President of Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, one of the city’s premier Community Development Corporations (CDCs); he is DBEDC’s current president.

A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Walsh has a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Northeastern University and an MBA from Harvard University.

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Russell Williams

Russell Williams is an Associate Professor of Economics at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts who specializes in urban, labor, and institutional economics. At Wheaton he teaches courses in urban economics, the economics of education, the economics of race, and macroeconomics. Williams received his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, which he attended after winning a Ford Foundation Fellowship. At the Dukakis Center, he has served as a Senior Research Associate working on a number of projects related to minority business enterprise and is a co-author, along with Barry Bluestone and Mary Huff Stevenson of The Urban Experience: Economics, Society, and Public Policy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008).

Williams’ professional experience in economics includes previous positions with the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., the Regional Institute for Employment Policy, Abt Associates, and the William Monroe Trotter Institute at UMass Boston. He has contributed to a number of reports and studies dealing with urban economic development, the changing demographic makeup of Greater Boston, workforce training, and youth programs in the inner city. His academic and professional work has used a wide range of methodologies, ranging from interviews and focus group facilitation, to statistical analysis techniques including OLS, probit, and hazard analysis. His writings have been directed to a wide variety of audiences, from academicians to policy-makers to the general public.

In addition to his research, applied work, and teaching in economics, Williams’ other professional experience includes nine years as Associate Director of the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, Inc., where he managed 20 professional staff and oversaw operations with a cash flow of $3 million; and consultant work for AHEAD, Inc., an international health and development organization. Williams has volunteered in several capacities, including service as a member of the Board of Managers of the New England Home for Little Wanderers, as a member of the Advisory Board of the New England Advanced Studies Program (an enrichment program for high school students), as co-chair of Operation Big Vote-Boston, and as a member and subcommittee chairperson on the United Way of Massachusetts-Bay Social Services Allocations Review Committee. He has been listed in Who’s Who in the East, and Who’ s Who in American Education.

Williams has been a guest lecturer on numerous occasions addressing topics such as urban economics, economic inequality, and the economics of education. In 1996, he was a participant in a Children’s Defense Fund-sponsored national teleconference on the relationships between economic development and the needs of black children.

In his spare time, Williams enjoys music and watching sports. He is a lifelong pianist, whose pre-college training included studies at South Carolina State University and Peabody Institute of Music (Baltimore). As an adult he served for two years as accompanist for New England Conservatory’ s Community Services Program voice class. Williams lives in Central Massachusetts.

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Russell LopezRussell Lopez

Russell Lopez is a Senior Research Associate with the Dukakis Center and teaches in the Master of Urban Public Health Program at Northeastern University and at Boston University’s School of Public Health. His research interests include the built environment and health, urban sprawl, and design for public health.

Russell earned his B.S. from Stanford University, a Master of City and Regional Planning from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and a Doctor of Science in Environmental Health from Boston University’s School of Public Health.

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Shelley McDonough Kimelberg

Shelley McDonough Kimelberg is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and a Senior Research Associate at the Dukakis Center. Her research focuses on economic development, urban poverty, and social policy. Shelley has served as a principal researcher on the Center’s Economic Development Partnership initiative since 2004. Her primary responsibilities include managing the collection of market data from the private sector, and the development of the Municipal Self-Assessment Tool. This work comprised a significant portion of her doctoral dissertation, Risky Business: An Examination of Firm Location Decisions and Their Implications for Inner Cities.

Prior to her arrival at Northeastern, Shelley spent seven years working in knowledge management for a global management consulting firm. She received her Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. degrees from Harvard University.

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Marvin Siflinger

Marvin Siflinger, founding Chairman of Housing Partners, Inc., has had over 45 years experience in housing and community development. Beginning at HUD in 1961, Marvin served in the New York and Boston Regional Offices and then served as Area Manager of the HUD Boston Area Office, administering the full range of housing and community development programs. He was appointed Executive Director of the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency in 1983, serving there with distinction until the founding of Housing Partners in 1995. Marvin holds a B.A. from the City College of New York, and an MPA from Syracuse University. He has served as a member of the boards of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, National Housing Trust, Citizens Housing and Planning Association, and B’nai B’rith Senior Citizens Housing Corporation (of which he is currently President). He has received numerous awards for his work, including the prestigious National Public Service Award from the American Society for Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration. Marvin has also for many years served on the adjunct faculty of Northeastern University in Boston.

Marvin is particularly interested in the challenges facing public sector administrators as they attempt to solve severe housing needs with insufficient resources.


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portraitEleanor G. White

Eleanor White has worked as an executive in the field of affordable housing since 1967, including as Co-CEO of MassHousing and at the U.S. Department of HUD. Housing Partners, Inc. is a national affordable housing consulting firm serving a wide range of clients on topics relating to affordable housing development, diversity, and smart growth. She holds an A.B. from Harvard College, an MPA from Northeastern University, and was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University. She has served on numerous boards of directors, and has received numerous honors and awards. A resident of Newton, MA, she lived in Oslo, Norway from 2009-2013 during her husband’s service as U.S. Ambassador. Married since 1967 to Barry B. White, they have three sons and two granddaughters.

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Peter G. Furth

Peter G. Furth is a Senior Research Associate with the Dukakis Center. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from MIT in 1977 and 1980. Peter received his Ph.D. in Transportation Systems from MIT in 1981. His areas of expertise are Traffic Signal Control, Transit Signal Priority, Transit Operations Modeling, and Transit Data Collection and Sampling.


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Co-ops and Work Study Students

James Huessy
Research Assistant
History, Class of 2015

James is a research assistant working on the 2012 Manufacturing Report Card, the Inner City Business Database, and the Discovering Justice Report. James spent a year in eastern Washington working as an Home Auditor for the Weatherization department of Rural Resources Community Action as part of his term of service in Americorps. James has studied abroad in Berlin, Germany and is fluent in German. In Germany, James worked briefly for USK (Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle) translating their rules and regulations for video game ratings into English.

He has been performing stand up comedy since 2006 and performed at the 2012 Green Mountain Comedy Festival on top of numerous appearances at multiple night/comedy clubs including Levity Comedy Club, Higher Ground, Nectar’s, and Red Square. He worked as a writer/performer for a comedy radio show in 2009 as part of the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Festival. In 2012, James played the lead role in a dramatic film called Motion for Action, directed by Joe Favini. James can also be heard on his radio show “The Underground Force” on WRBB 104.9FM where is also the General Manager.

Currently James is studying History at Northeastern and intends to become a history teacher.

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