JamesS. Lander began serving on the Arlington School Board in January 2010 and isserving his second term on the Board, continuing his many years of advocatingfor the educational needs of children. During 2013-14, James served as ViceChair of the School Board and currently serves as the Board Chair. He is a vigorous advocate for adequately funding andactively supporting public education, believing strongly in Marian WrightEdelman’s call to communities:
“The question is notwhether we can afford to invest in every child; it’s whether we can affordnot to.”
When not serving theArlington Public Schools community, James works at the Consumer Federation ofAmerica as the Military Saves Director. He is a Gulf War veteran, and wasrecalled to active service after September 11, 2001, in support of OperationIraqi/Enduring Freedom. He now is a retired officer, having ascended to therank of lieutenant commander during his service and completing more than 25years of combined active and reserve experience.
James was educated in thePhiladelphia Public Schools. He has long appreciated the opportunities aquality public education provides. He believes investment, commitment andsupport of public education will provide children of all socio-economicbackgrounds a path to fulfilling their dreams and our hope for the future.
James earned his master’sdegree in systems engineering from the University of Virginia and his bachelor’sdegree in marine engineering from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. James andhis wife Monica are homeowners in South Arlington, and are proud parents ofKierstin, an Arlington Public Schools and College of William & Marygraduate.