Having yet to fulfill his lifelong dream of being an intrepid criminal detective, James applies critical thinking skills to solve cases of a different nature—those that involve public policy. Like a good detective, James uncovers the truth through inductive reasoning to drive business and system improvements and provide clients with the information needed to implement sound public policy.

At PSC, James specializes in economic development, focusing on talent, business, and community development issues. He conducts research and analysis, writes reports, conducts presentations, and helps clients develop and implement programs and strategic plans. James is especially interested in uplifting those with barriers to employment, such as poverty or disability, who are often left behind in a growing economy.

Prior to joining PSC, James served as director of the Community Ventures initiative at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, liaison to the local and state workforce development boards, policy analyst and law clerk for the Michigan Legislature, and as the principal of a law firm. In these previous roles, James developed expertise in leading public initiatives and guiding community stakeholders toward their visions.

Email: jdurian@publicsectorconsultants.com

A Little More…

Education: BA in Political Theory at James Madison College, Master of Public Administration degree from Michigan State University, JD from Michigan State University College of Law

With PSC since: November 2017

PSC superpower: Using his utility belt of project management tools to save the day

Favorite part of working at PSC: Promoting innovative solutions to drive positive change . . . and the free coffee

Why Michigan? Beautiful beaches, good beer, and cool cars