Life Update

I am pleased to announce that I was recently named the director of the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy at the Japanese American National Museum.

My Offerings

When I moved to Los Angeles in 1996, one of my goals was to look for volunteer opportunities.  I figured that it was a good way to learn about the city and meet people. Little did I know that working with nonprofits would become my life’s work.

Since then I’ve have had incredible opportunities to work for leaders in their fields. From Corporate Philanthropy/Social Responsibility/Citizenship to traditional foundation settings, my grantmaking experience has be concentrated in the areas of arts education, education, the environment, and social services.

Consulting for the Philanthropic Sector

  • Grantmaking
  • Strategic Planning
  • Program Design and Development
  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Community Engagement
  • Coaching for Leadership
  • Executive and Management Search
  • Extended Staffing
  • Government Relations/Advocacy
  • Grantmaking through a DEI Lens
  • Ethical Storytelling

Consulting for the Nonprofit Sector

  • Strategic Planning
  • Board Development and Training
  • Staff Development and Training
  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Fundraising Strategy and Culture
  • Development and Fundraising
  • Grantsmanship
  • Application Reviews
  • Coaching for Leadership
  • Executive and Management Search
  • Interim Management
  • DEI Training and Facilitated Discussions
  • Ethical Storytelling

Professional Experience

  • Annenberg Foundation
  • California Community Foundation
  • The Boeing Company
  • Film Independent
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment

Client List

  • Annenberg Foundation
  • Roy & Patricia Disney Family Foundation
  • Stuart Foundation
  • CalHumanities
  • Los Angeles Urban Philanthropy Network
  • Visual Communications/The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Maritime Institute
  • EduCare Foundation
  • GetLit-Words Ignite
  • Global Eye Entrepreneurs
  • East LA Community Corporation
  • Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice
  • Center for Cultural Innovation
  • Jewish Community Foundation
  • Films by Youth Inside
  • LURN/Inclusive Action for the City
  • API Forward Movement
  • Academia Avance Charter School
  • The Libra Foundation
  • Avance Academia
  • Community Works Consulting
  • County of Los Angeles, Center for Strategic Partnerships
  • Southern California Grantmakers
  • The Nonprofit Partnership
  • Los Angeles County Probation Department/Ready to Rise
  • California Community Foundation
  • Mar Vista Family Center
  • Meztli Arts/Meztli Projects
  • Amazing Grace Conservatory
  • Pasadena Arts Council
  • Los Angeles County Arts Recovery Fund
  • Educational Student Tours College Access Program
  • Music Forward Foundation
  • Healthy Valley Foundation

Leadership Development

  • Southern California Leadership Network/Leadership Southern California
  • Global Cooperative Society/Los Angeles/Korea Leadership Exchange and Visitation Program
  • National Urban Fellows/America’s Leadership of Change

Community and Civic Engagement

  • Southern California Leadership Network Board of Directors—Past Chair
  • Human Relations Commissioner-City of Los Angeles (appointed)
  • Liberty Hill Foundation—Board of Directors, Finance Committee, Fundraising Committee
  • Visual Communications—Board of Directors
  • East West Players—Board of Directors
  • Film Independent—Advisory Board Project:Involve Diversity Initiative
  • Visual Communications—Programmer Los Angeles Asia Pacific Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Unified School District Bond Oversight Committee (appointed)
  • Co-chair of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Education and Workforce Development Committee
  • CaliforniaVolunteers Business Partner Council
  • Los Angeles Corporate Volunteer Council—Core Committee Member
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and the Inland Empire—Big Brother
  • Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles—Board of Directors
  • Para Los Niños—Co-Chair of the Los Amigos Council
  • Entertainment Industry Foundation Grant Allocations Committee and Industry Volunteer Council
  • Liberty Hill Foundation—Fund for a New Los Angeles Grant Review Committee
  • California Humanities Community Stories Grant Review Panel
  • Los Angeles County Arts Commission Arts for All Pooled Fund Member


  • 2011 Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year
  • “Partner of the Year Award”—Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles
  • “Corporate Partner of the Year Award”—Exceptional Children’s Foundation
  • “Outstanding Volunteer Organization”—Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • “Service Above Self”—Stuart Ketchum Downtown YMCA


  • Herr, James E., Hass, Carol A., Samala, Roselma, and Miao, Jean. (August 2020). “New Challenges, Greater Callings: Exploring the Needs of Philanthropy in Time of Change.” Community Works Consulting
  • Herr, James E. (lead), Hass, Carol A., Samala, Roselma, and Miao, Jean. (August 2020).“New Challenges, Greater Callings: Exploring the Needs of Philanthropy in Time of Change—The Individual Donor Sector Addendum.” Community Works Consulting
  • Callow, E. Herr, J., Ito, L. (Winter 2016). “Building Equity in the Arts: From Financial Equity to Access Equity.” Grantmakers in the Arts GIA Reader, Vol. 27 (No.1), 20-23.
  • Presenter: “Building Equity in the Arts,” Conference Session, Grantmakers in the Arts, October 2015.
  • Presenter: “SoCal’s Industry Engagement in STEAM,” U.S. News STEM Solutions, June 2015.
  • Presenter: “Grantmakers Panel” STEAM Connect Conference, March 2015
  • Presenter: “Board Leadership Panel” Riordan Leadership Institute, November 2016
  • Presenter: LEAD INNOVATE—B-STEM Project, CBS Diversity and Inclusion, December 2016
  • Presenter: “Strategic Framework for Funding in the Arts,” Southern California Grantmakers Annual Conference 2019
  • Panelist: “Accessible DEI: The Importance of including Disability in Philanthropy” Change Philanthropy Annual Conference, 2019

James E. Herr  (Jim)

11237 Garfield Avenue

Culver City, CA 91105

(310) 283-1107


@JEHConsulting (Twitter and Instagram)


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