City Impact Lab is a monthly breakfast attended by a diverse range of distinguished Los Angeles leaders. Every month, we feature a new speaker and engaging workshop activities — CURRENTLY HELD ONLINE!
James serves as Senior VP and Market Manager for Citi Community Development in which he manages a multi-million dollar budget to develop the most underserved communities across Southern California and Texas. James has a background in working in the private (corporate and small businesses alike), the public sector, and in non-profits. Previously, he has served on the founding team to establish a community bank. He went on to work at a public affairs firm focused on enhancing brand awareness and building grassroots public support.
His non-profit experience includes six years working at the Small Business Development Centers at which he founded a non-profit technology accelerator called Tech Futures Group. He managed his family’s small business and helped it to triple its revenue in one year. He serves on the six governing boards and advisory boards: Southern CA Grantmakers, the Foundation for the Los Angeles Community Colleges, the CA Latino Economic Institute, the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), the LA Latino Chamber of Commerce, and the LA County Center for Financial Empowerment.
The innovative community engagement work done by James and his team have been recognized by three prestigious business organizations in Los Angeles all of which have selected Citi as their 2019 and 2020 Corporation of the Year for corporate social responsibility. James is a first generation college graduate with a degree from Stanford University where he twice served as president of his class.
City Impact Lab attendees come from all backgrounds, including government, the arts, neighborhoods, nonprofits, and business. Come connect with your future collaborators, mentors, and partners.
Make sure your webcam or phone/tablet camera is ready, as the program is interactive and engaging, which requires all participants to be on screen.
Each City Impact Lab breakfast begins with a presentation from a civic, business, and/or community leader who shares their personal experiences and strategies. We then conduct online activities that draw themes from the presentation and engage attendees on the challenges they are facing in their own work.
Cost: $10 (space is limited to 30 attendees, so register early. Access Pass and Partner Pass holders receive free admission)