James was born and raised in Upstate New York where he began working on an organic farm at the age of 12. Whether he was picking produce, wrangling chickens or sneaking baked goods from the store, James has always had an appreciation for working outdoors and having the opportunity to connect with the natural environment. Since moving to Pittsburgh 10 years ago, James has received degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Chatham University in urban planning and sustainability. His love for the outdoors and belief that everyone should have access to healthy, safe outdoor spaces has guided is professional career in helping to ensure that Pittsburgh’s residents are able to enjoy quality green spaces . At the Parks Conservancy, James works with our corporate partners to build unique relationships that support many of the programs and projects conducted by the organization. In his spare time, you can find James at the Highland Park tennis courts working on his serve.