James earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Shawnee State University in his hometown of Portsmouth, Ohio, in 2011. James later went on to attend multiple cyber security courses through SysAdmin, Audit, Network, and Security Institute (SANS) and DeVry University while working at Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
James was previously a lab employee from 2016 to 2019 working in the Cyber Security Group of ITSD. During this time James helped migrate the EAGLE-I application from DOE Headquarters to ORNL. Before returning to the lab James was a Cyber Security Consultant for a local small business supporting multiple government agencies.