Senior Director of Government Relations
Department: Government Relations
Area of Focus: Jim manages the Government Relations staff, guiding its work with Congress and the Administration to advance public policy that is beneficial to rivers and the communities that enjoy and depend on them.
Background: Jim joined American Rivers in 2010. Immediately prior to joining American Rivers, he served for a year and a half as Legislative Director for US Rep. John J. Hall (NY). Prior to that, he served on the staff of US Rep. Tom Allen (ME) for more than nine and a half years, the last two as Legislative Director. Jim also served as Senior Advisor to the Tom Allen for Senate Campaign.
Education: B.A. in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College
Favorite River: Ipswich River
Blog Posts By This Author
November 5, 2012 | Water Pollution
Americans value clean water and healthy rivers. Clean water consistently ranks as the top environmental concern among American voters, according to Gallup. It doesn’t matter whether you live in a blue state or a red state, or whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican – we all need clean water to drink, and we want healthy rivers where we can swim, fish, and paddle with our children and grandchildren.Read more »
October 8, 2012 | Water Pollution
I remember walking with my dad across Salem, Mass, from our house in North Salem to my Grammy’s house in Witchcraft Heights, when I was 4 years old. When we walked over Mount Pleasant and down Howley St., over the North River Canal, I remember smelling the sweet, pungent odor of the chemicals discharged into the canal from the leather factories in Salem and Peabody.Read more »
July 29, 2011 | Water Pollution
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to strike something called the Extinction Rider out of the Interior-EPA Appropriations bill. This was a policy rider that would have prevented the Fish and Wildlife Service from working on the listing of any endangered species.Read more »
July 21, 2011 | Water Pollution
The House continues its efforts to undermine clean water protections. The Interior-EPA Appropriations bill, coming to the House floor next week, has language in it that will undermine EPA’s efforts to protect the 117 million Americans who rely on head water streams and rivers for their drinking water.Read more »