James Coleman is a native of Denver—having grown up in the Park Hill neighborhood, currently living in Green Valley Ranch—and is now running to represent the citizens, families, and communities of District 7 in Colorado’s House of Representatives.
His professional career has been dedicated to empowering families and engaging the community to improve the quality of life for Colorado residents.
He serves as Vice President of Community Engagement at ACE Scholarships, a local nonprofit providing educational scholarships to low-income families.
James is a passionate champion for excellent education and quality options. It’s driven by his formative years growing up in the Park Hill neighborhood and experiencing the full range of educational options.
He attended Smiley Middle School, a traditional Denver Public School. Later, through a need-based scholarship, he attended a private high school. And as a parent, he sends his own young children to a public charter school in Northeast Denver. He understands that different students and families have different needs, and every parent deserves the opportunity to choose the school that works best for their child.
James serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors at Highline Academy, a tuition-free public charter school with a custom liberal arts curriculum and rigorous academic program.
“My campaign is about listening, problem-solving, and being a strong Representative for House District 7, because I know that as a community, we work better when we work together.”
His civic engagement also includes the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce, INROADS, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Urban League of Metro Denver Young Professionals, and several other organizations.
James earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a minor in Business Administration, from Oral Roberts University. He and his wife, Shayna, have been together since the 8th grade, and have two amazing children (twins), James Jr. and Naomi.
“Northeast Denver is a success story that’s still being written, and it’s up to all of us play our role to make it the best it can be.”