Matt James

Matt James is currently a visiting scholar of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. As a visiting scholar, James will conduct research and convene key leaders in the philanthropic, nonprofit, and media communities to discuss opportunities for collaboration and design projects and campaigns to help advance efforts to address climate change. Before this role, James served as the president and CEO of Next Generation, where he promoted solutions to two of the biggest challenges confronting the next generation of Americans: the risk of dangerous climate change and the threat of diminished prospects for children and families. Prior to co-founding Next Generation, he was an integral part of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s leadership team for 20 years, serving most recently as executive vice president. Before joining Kaiser, he worked in national politics as a senior aide to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York, Senator Dale Bumpers of Arkansas, and Representative Morris K. Udall of Arizona. Matt was appointed by President Clinton to the board of the Morris K. Udall Foundation, is past-chairman of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health and serves on the President’s Advisory Board of the National Wildlife Federation.