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

Consulting for the Nonprofit Sector

  • Strategic Planning
  • Board Development and Training
  • Staff Development and Training
  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Fundraising Strategy and Culture
  • Application Reviews
  • Coaching for Leadership
  • Executive and Management Search
  • Interim Management

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
  • Los Angeles Maritime Institute
  • EduCare Foundation
  • GetLit-Words Ignite
  • 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

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


  • 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

cropped-sun.jpg James E Herr–Resume

James E. Herr  (Jim)

295 W. California Bl., #11

Pasadena, CA 91105

(310) 283-1107


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