As Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Schaffer&Combs, James works across all aspects of the firm’s offerings, managing numerous strategic projects across a diverse client base in the US and internationally. Within S&C, James oversees the firm’s financial, operational and administrative functions, and together with Arthur Combs, leads staff and serves as the primary external spokesperson for the firm’s vision, values and offerings. He brings particular expertise to S&C’s work with large scale, multi-stakeholder projects, such as supply chain sustainability for public equity industrial and consumer products firms.
As management consultant in the 1990s, James spent several years conducting executive-level organizational design for major, global corporations, such as ICI Glidden, Sherwin-Williams and The Scotts Company. He transitioned to the SME sector in 2000, working as a valuation consultant before being named CEO of Global Data Vault Corporation in 2002, where he was tasked with creating a leading data security brand in an intensely competitive emerging market. When the company was acquired in 2006, it was serving 1,000 business customers in the US and Europe, and had garnered the #1 Google ranking for “offsite data storage.” James is also a principal at Impact Capital Group, an advisory firm focused on equity investments in social impact real estate and technology. He is a frequent speaker, contributor and mentor in venues such as the Commonwealth Club of California, SOCAP, University of San Francisco School of Management, and HansonBridgett Sustainable Business Leadership Forum. James earned a B.A. degree from The College of William and Mary.
James lives in Colorado with his wife and has been an outdoorsman for years, enjoying mountain biking, fly fishing, and climbing in the Rockies. An avid reader and writer, James is a voracious “consumer of information” across a wide variety of interests, from U.S. politics to Papua, New Guinea. James earned a B.A. degree from The College of William and Mary.