Jim co-founded Forum One Communications in 1996, inspired by the possibilities of the web and online community. When he and Harvard Kennedy School classmate David Witzel created the company, they had one mission: Applying new and promising technologies to address societal problems of importance. That mission still guides Forum One today.
Jim plays a lead role in Forum One's work to assist public- and private-sector organizations in strategic use of the web. He directs senior client work involving global web strategy; online community development; mobile strategies; data work; and other timely topics. He also oversees a number of international efforts, particularly those involving China.
Before launching Forum One, Jim co-founded the Eurasia Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based grant-making organization which grew to over 100 staff in seven countries and annual budget of over $25 million. Jim has traveled and worked in more than 50 countries. He has assisted refugee relief organizations in Costa Rica and Pakistan, Mother Teresa's organization in India, and professional exchange groups in the former Soviet Union. Along the way, he learned Spanish and Russian (and is currently tackling Mandarin).
Like most people working on web initiatives, Jim has an eclectic background, with a bachelor's degree in human biology from Stanford University, a master's degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a medical degree from Harvard Medical School.
Jim delivered flowers as a part-time job in high school. As he points out, it’s truly rewarding to ring a doorbell holding flowers and see the reaction of the recipient. He hopes that Forum One, in some ways, is still delivering flowers.
You may not know: Jim loves snowboarding.
His tags: Parent, Policy wonk, Strategist, World traveler
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