James Mitchell

Legislative Director, Don't Cage Our Oceans

James is an environmental attorney and advocate, with nearly 15 years of experience in working to protect our oceans and all of us who depend on it. He began his work in fisheries at Food & Water Watch, where he advocated in Congress for equitable fisheries and aquaculture for U.S. producers and consumers and promoted responsible alternatives to industrial offshore finfish farming.

Afterwards, he worked for Greenpeace for several years, assessing the performance of U.S. supermarkets, institutional foodservice companies, and Southeast Asia-based tuna companies in their procurement practices, and ecological sustainability/human rights standards. For part of this time he lived in Southeast Asia, where he continued as a consultant and co-founded a microbrewery in the Philippines. James is Chilean-American, so he can converse in either English or Spanish.

James received his law degree from American University, Washington College of Law, and his bachelor’s in science from Tufts University. Today, he is based in Arlington, VA.