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Joi James

Joi James

Project Coordinator


Joi James is a project coordinator for the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy (CNP) at the Urban Institute, where she supports research and operations. She assists with project budgeting, task management, grant reporting, and proposal development. During her time at Urban, James has provided research support for the National Center for Charitable Statistics and supported the development of CNP’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice portfolio.

Before coming to Urban, James was a research assistant with the Syracuse Lead Study, where she assisted in data entry and conducted brief intelligence tests and social competence interviews for children and families. She also led a hunger and homelessness initiative as project leader for the New York Public Interest Research Group, earning her the Syracuse University 44 Stars of Excellence Public and Community Service Award. Outside of Urban, James volunteers for Capital Partners for Education as a mentor for low-income Washington, DC, high school and college students in the academic middle.

James holds a BA in forensic science and psychology from Syracuse University.