James Morante brings more than 20 years of experience in coalition building, community outreach, workforce development and communications. His distinctive tenure within non-profit, government and corporate environments offer a diverse skillset defined by strategic, efficient and collaborative decision-making.
With a decade in the utility industry, James served in a variety of leadership capacities. Whether boiling down complex jargon, strengthening relationships or designing community partnerships, James passionately pushed the boundaries of creativity within an otherwise heavily regulated environment.
James pioneered award-winning workforce initiatives, including the transformation of a nationally-recognized employer training program. He was the architect who imagined, coordinated and implemented one of the most aggressive military hiring commitments in the industry. Those efforts culminated in a visit from United State Vice President Joe Biden, who declared the work as “best-in-class.”
James led bi-partisan policy efforts as staff in the Senate and Assembly of the State Legislature to protect consumers, advocate educational access for all students and improve children’s well-being.
Earlier in his tenure, he served as the statewide Public Information Officer and spokesperson for a statewide education association where he created the first-of-its-kind schools and media crisis communications task force – established to assist local school districts and the media in collaborative planning for school crises – in the wake of the Columbine school shooting tragedy.
James attended UC Davis, where he earned his B.A. in Political Science. He continues to live in Davis with his family, where he can often be found hitting golf balls or coaching his daughters’ local sports teams. James can also be routinely seen living out his childhood fantasy as a professional athlete in various softball and basketball 40-and-over leagues.