Jim has an MBA from Rutgers University. In his work life, he had a range of careers, from teaching at the elementary, middle school, and college levels to various management and executive positions in the electric utility industry. In the latter part of his career, he advanced the deployment of renewable energy from positions as President of GPU Solar, founder of Madison Energy Consultants, and Director of Market Development at SunPower Corp. Jim served on the Advisory Board of the National Center for Photovoltaics and was Chair of the Solar Electric Power Association. For the last thirty-five years, he has served on numerous profit and nonprofit boards and has been a member of the board of the Kismet Rock Foundation in North Conway since 2015.
Jim enjoys lake life on Pea Porridge Pond in Madison, where he summered for over twenty years before establishing a full-time residency in 2016. He works to maintain the beauty and health of the lake as vice president of the local lake association.