James Schaffer

The Advocacy Institute
Co-Director
james@advocacy-institute.org

Key Topics: Curriculum Design & Development. Developing visual tools and data visualizations. Developing strategy, tactics and organizational systems.

Bio: Driven by a love of data, spreadsheets and infographics, James directs our operations, management systems and product/tool development. He brings a popular education approach to the curriculum team and facilitates tech trainings.

James serves on the Board of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ), also a proud alum of its Grace Paley Organizing Fellowship, and has organized within movements for migrant justice and domestic worker rights. Prior to co-founding the Advocacy Institute, James spent eight years helping small businesses, funders and non-profits strengthen their financial management and strategic planning.

Born and raised in New York City, he is a graduate of Harvard College, a student of Karate, Aikido and somatics, and lives in Brooklyn, NY with two wonderful humans and two wonderful cats.

Selected Speaking Experience

  • New York State Health Foundation — Conversation With Event.
  • Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.
  • North Star Fund.
  • Resource Generation.
  • Wildfire Project.