James McCallen serves as part of the inaugural Climate Ready Hawaiʻi AmeriCorps VISTA cohort that is helping Hawaiʻi adapt to climate change impacts. He is the Energy Affordability Specialist at the Hawaiʻi State Energy Office (HSEO) in the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. In this role, he will assist the HSEO in projects involving energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation, and public education to help Hawaiʻi achieve a resilient clean energy economy. Along with the cohort, he will also be assisting in the development of a framework for the State’s Climate Commission and its members to incorporate equity and anti-poverty strategies into climate change mitigation and adaptation.
James served as a Health Volunteer with the Peace Corps (2017-2019) in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. In Vanuatu, he primarily worked on issues of hygiene and sanitation, non-communicable diseases, and managed the design and planning of a sustainable, clean running water system for a community of 125 people. James has a Master of Public Health, with a concentration in Global Environmental Sustainability and Health, from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. While obtaining his MPH, James worked as a Health Policy Fellow in the Maryland General Assembly, where he collaborated with state policymakers and community organizations on issues of environmental sustainability and zero waste policy.
James holds a BS in Biology and a BA in Chinese Language & Culture from Wake Forest University. He is originally from Long Island, New York.