President, NRHC Board of Directors
B.A., International Studies, Macalester College
M.A., American History, George Washington University
Montana Historian; UM doctoral candidate
Missoula Publisher, historical author, local civic leader
WWII retired Brigadier General; local civic leader
Executive Director, NRHC
B.A. Political Science, Rutgers University
B.A Keyboard Studies, Rutgers University
Diploma Program: Piano, Juilliard School of Music
M.A. Political Theory, Rutgers University
Jim has 28 years experience in Montana public policy issues including serving as a Montana State Legislator. He is also a former teacher, a pianist, and has a background in several areas of social service and non-profits. His environmental concerns led him to serve on the Missoula Environmental Action Committee, the Mayor's Open Space Advisory Committee, the state Legislative Interim Committee on Urban Greenbelt, and the county Commissioners' Urban Advisory Board.
His experience in historic preservation and local growth policies includes being a founding member of the Southside Neighborhood Alliance, vice chair of the state Select Legislative Committee on Economic Development, and Project Director of the Montana Committee for the Humanities Seminars on Local Growth Policy. His other leadership roles include the Governor's Advisory Committee on Emergency Planning, the Research and Policy Program Coordinator of the National Resources Defense Council (regional office), and Citizen Chair of the Missoula Health Board Citizen Advisory Panel.
Jim's other interests include music, exploration of Montana's mountains & forests, nature photography and political/environmental issue research.