James is President of James Lima Planning + Development, an advisory firm focused on investments in the public realm and structuring public-private partnerships in real estate development.
James has expertise in affordable housing and economic development initiatives, focusing on revitalizing urban centers and post-industrial waterfronts. Over the past two decades, he has successfully aligned the interests of private and public entities to build close to $1 billion worth of mixed-income housing, retail and new public amenities throughout North America. James was NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s appointee as the founding President of the Governors Island Preservation and Education. Mr. Lima is Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, and has lectured at Princeton, Yale, Syracuse, Penn, and in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, and Sao Paulo. He is a member of the Board of Directors and officer of the Syracuse University School of Architecture, the New York Harbor Foundation, and Places–a journal of contemporary architecture, landscape and urbanism.