Senior Fellow Emeritus
Kevin James is CEO of Better Future Forward and a former member of the JFI team. Before joining JFI, Kevin worked as a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, D.C., where his research and writing focused on student loan reform, income-share agreements (ISAs), quality assurance in higher education, and innovation. During his time with AEI, Kevin’s work was published in the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report’s “Knowledge Bank” blog, National Affairs, The Hill, RealClearPolicy, National Review Online, and other publications. Kevin also spent four years as a legislative aide working for U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (now retired), who at the time was a senior member of the Education and Workforce Committee in the House of Representatives. In that role, he oversaw the development of legislation to substantially reform the federal student loan system and, separately, to provide a legal framework for private entities wishing to offer ISAs. Kevin has a B.S. in computer science and a B.A. in political science, both from Virginia Tech, as well as a Master’s degree in economics from George Mason University.