After being involved in selling an electronic commerce business in Toronto, Jim moved to Seattle in 1999 to start a software company. He eventually stepped down from the CEO role, but is still on the board.
Rethinking his purpose in life, Jim decided to focus on intergenerational opportunities where young people inspire and educate older people and vice versa. He was introduced to Ashoka founder, Bill Drayton by Paul Shoemaker in 2004 and became involved in Ashoka/Youth Venture in various ways.
Inspired by Bill’s idea of building a global movement of young changemakers, Jim founded Youth Venture Seattle in 2008, which led to over 4,000 youth venturers by 2013. He helped extend Ashoka’s vision of “Everyone a Changemaker” by supporting Ashoka Fellows and Changemaker schools at the elementary, high school and college level.
Jim also led the launch of the Encore Fellows program with various SVP affiliates and the Seattle launch of the National Encores Campaign for Children and Youth as a showcase city mobilizing 50+ adults to improve the lives of millions of children and youth by 2020. He helped found the Jesuit Volunteer Encore and is on the Board of the Ignatian Spirituality Center.
“Basically,” Jim says, “I am having fun!”
Looking back over his career, Jim has held executive leadership positions in the high tech industry with large and small companies as well as with nonprofits. He is active in various other organizations including SVP (since 2001) and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. (He has six Little Brothers, and was the president of two boards.) Jim has also served on the board of 501 Commons, the Center for Ethical Leadership, CASA, Ashoka/Youth Venture, and the Parish Council.
Jim and his wife Monica have three wonderful daughters Erin, Colleen and Caitlin who inspire them with the change they lead globally.