Before that, James headed the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) where he served as the founding Executive Director, overseeing and creating programs to disburse USD 4.4 billion in disaster recovery funds allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Prior to being tapped to lead GOSR, James was New York Director of the US President’s Hurricane Sandy Recovery and Rebuilding Task Force and a Senior Advisor to then-HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. James was previously a Non-Resident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program.
James’ experience in the private sector includes Partner roles at BC Partners and One Equity Partners, JP Morgan’s private equity fund, where he was one of the founding partners in 2001.
James graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1989 and holds a law degree from Yale University.
“James’ experience will reinforce Meridiam’s ability to address the US infrastructures needs. We have the good fortune to have him joining our team”, declared Thierry Déau, founder and CEO of Meridiam.