Taj James

Taj James is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Movement Strategy Center. Taj launched MSC in 2001, asking the question “How do we weave together the strands of the progressive community into a progressive movement capable of winning lasting policy and social change?”

In his decade of leadership with MSC, Taj has been proud to help launch and support new alliances such as Strong Families and the Climate Justice Alliance. Taj has also played a key role in building new funding collaboratives and strategies to increase investment in grassroots organizing and alliance building. These initiatives include California Fund for Youth Organizing, Move to End Violence Initiative, California Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, and Building Healthy Communities.

Before launching MSC, Taj served as the Director of Youth Policy and Development at Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth and the Western Regional Field Organizer for the Black Student Leadership Network (BSLN), a project of the Children’s Defense Fund. A graduate of Stanford University, Taj was a recipient of a Next Generation Leadership fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation and was named a “Local Hero” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. More writing by Taj James: Movement Building and Deep Change