Prior to joining Novartis, he culminated a military career as a U.S. Navy Captain working on energy and climate security issues in the Pentagon. As the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy) he focused on increasing operational capabilities and climate resilience globally for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.
He is a member of the Climate Security Action Group at the Center for Climate and Security at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University and is a member of The Consensus for American Security at the American Security Project. He also works to improve sustainability and climate resilience in the Boston area as a member of the Board of Directors for the Cambridge Compact for a Sustainable Future and a member of the Board of Directors for A Better City, and was selected for the 2017 Energy Manager Today 50.
James has completed the Tuck Executive Program at the Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Norwich University as well as a Masters in Management degree from Troy University. He now resides in Newburyport, MA with his wife, Dr. Jennifer Goudreau, and their daughter.