James is a creative thinker who brings calm to chaos. A Kentucky native, he enlisted in the Army and quickly rose through the ranks to sergeant. After deploying twice, and making many successful jumps with the 82nd Airborne Division, he left the military to earn his Business Management degree at St. John’s University. During his undergrad career, James refined his management skills, fell in love with design, and began designing customer experiences. His approach to solving problems begins with a deep sense of empathy and endless curiosity.

After working in the Design field over the last four years, he has come to appreciate the full gamut as he has held roles on both the Creative and Project Management sides. James is dedicated to crafting memorable experiences and pushing imaginative ideas to their highest potential. He teaches User Experience at NYU as an adjunct professor and is currently in his final year of an MFA program at the School of Visual Arts. Interests include: Javascript, Yoga, and Storytelling (see below).

 
 
 
 
 

WORKSHOPS

 

2016 : RISE2LEAD CONFERENCE at st. john's University

The RISE2LEAD Conference aims to empower young men and women of color to maximize their potential and inspire meaningful change for justice and equality. For the workshop, I explained the fundamentals of Design Thinking, its applications, and closed with a design sprint.

 
 
 

2014 - 2015 : BRANDING WORKSHOP AT UPENN

In collaboration with Ashoka, Catapult, and Very Nice Design Studio, I helped facilitate branding workshops for teams of High School entrepreneurs on how to position their start-up companies. After the workshops, I led two teams through a three-week design sprint for their logos and promotional materials.

 
 
 

2015: Design Sprint with Product Design and Social Innovation MFA students

During the UpCycle project at SVA, our team invited MFA students from other SVA MFA programs and facilitated a conversation around possible products and services to resolve the e-waste problem in New York City. 

 
 
 
 

2015: Surviving to Thriving at St. John's University

The purpose of this workshop was to bring together a diverse group of successful Black and Latino male leaders who, through the discussion of topics that pertains to today’s workforce, ­will educate, inspire, and encourage men of color to reflect on their own goals and examine the challenges and opportunities for men of color in leadership.