James is a member of the California Cannabis Advisory Committee (CAC), which advises the California Bureau of Cannabis Control and the other licensing authorities–the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Department of Public Health–on the development of regulations that help protect public health and safety and reduce the illegal market for cannabis. He is the Chair of CAC’s Social Equity and Microbusinesses Subcommittees. James also is a prominent business leader, political consultant, and an avid defender of human and civil rights. He is co-owner of First Federal Financial Services, a credit card processing firm that has successfully processed over 500 million in transactions; and is a founding stockholder of Revere Bank, which started with $20 million in assets that now exceed $2 billion.
His notable achievements include being instrumental in the enactment of breakthrough legislation (AB 2941 and AB 2179) requiring the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and California State Teachers’ Retirement System, with roughly $360 billion in combined assets, to divest Sudan-related holdings to fight the genocide in Sudan; serving as the Chief Lobbyist for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in California; and serving in the California Council on Mentally Ill Offenders (COMIO) under Governors Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Gray Davis; serving on the Multi-agency Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council of Alameda County. James is Regional Vice President of the Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC). He also is an avid fine art collector. James earned his J.D. from Humphrey’s School of Law, and his B.A. from University of California, Riverside.