James Chan serves as the Florida State Director for the State Innovation Exchange (SiX,) a national resource and strategy center that supports state legislators in advancing and defending progressive policies across the country.
Previously, James worked at the Florida 501c3 Civic Engagement Table, for former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink at the Florida Next Foundation, as well as Target Corporation’s government affairs team. He has worked to train more Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to run for public office in Florida. James is an alumnus of Leadership Florida as well as New Leaders Council (NLC.) He serves in various capacities for NLC: National Programs Committee Member, Tampa Bay Chapter Director, AAPI Caucus Co-Chair and LEAD Trainer.
In 2019, former U.S. Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham presented James with the Young Floridian of the Year award by the University of Florida’s Graham Center for Public Service. In 2019, INFLUENCE Magazine named James as a Rising Star in Florida Politics. In 2017, the Tampa Bay Business Journal named James as an Up & Comer Under 30. James has also been trained through the APAICS National Leadership Academy to run for public office, as well as the Victory Institute Empowerment Fellowship.
James earned his Masters of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Business Administration from the University of Florida. He serves as a member on the Humphrey School Alumni Board. He is also a University of Florida Hall of Fame inductee. James is a 2011 PPIA Princeton JSI alumnus and currently serves as a founding member of the PPIA Alumni Advisory Council.