Jewel James serves as Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs, managing the Obama Administration’s relationships with state elected officials.
Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Jewel was the Director of the Federal-State Relations for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In this capacity, she advised Governor Deval Patrick on matters pending before the U.S. Congress and served as a liaison between the Patrick Administration, the Massachusetts Congressional delegation and the federal government. Previously, Jewel served as the Vice President and Director of Massachusetts Public Affairs for Citizens Bank. While at Citizens, she was responsible for promoting Citizens’ brand in Massachusetts - one of its largest markets - and developing and executing its executive positioning, charitable contribution, and external affairs strategy.
An active member of the community, Jewel is currently a volunteer with Greater D.C. Cares. Her past civic and community involvement includes membership on the Board of Directors for Project Bread, the largest anti-hunger organization in Massachusetts, and participation on the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Advisory Board.
Jewel received her undergraduate degree from Howard University and her master’s degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is originally from Decatur, GA and currently lives in Washington, D.C.