Nathaniel James, social sector consultant


Today’s change makers aspire to deeper impact while navigating a world of increasingly complex opportunities and restraints. Is our message making contact with our audience? How can we be more innovative? Are we building the right partnerships? Social media – are we doing this right? How can we achieve our goals in this uncertain economy?

To help clients find good solutions, I offer:

strategic guidance & implementation:

    • communications
    • community, collaboration and partnerships
    • content and social media

organizational and business development:

      • fundraising
      • facilitation and creative convenings
      • coaching


Nathaniel James is adept at developing and implementing strategies that leverage social capital – community, collaboration, and partnership – in other words: people power.

New communications technologies have provided cheaper and faster means for coordination. Nathan believes that using the new tools only yields results when we take relationships seriously – listening and learning about people’s intentions, struggles, and strengths – and tailor engagement opportunities that provide mutual benefit.

Nathan has held many job titles: field manager, coalition campaign coordinator, community engagement specialist, and executive director. He has worked in youth programs, electoral and policy campaigns, and open source projects. Clients and employers have included City Year, WashPIRG, MoveOn, Greenpeace International, Microsoft, the Media and Democracy Coalition, OneWebDay, and Mozilla. To explore new innovations in philanthropy, Nathan is founding the Seattle chapter of the Awesome Foundation.

Working with this wide range of organizations has reflected and built Nathan’s strength as an agile, interdisciplinary thinker, able to interpret insights and best practices from one field to another. Most of his work has supported multi-stakeholder, inter-organizational collaborations that draw from the diverse strengths of their participants.

Nathan holds a master’s degree in Media and Communication Policy from the London School of Economics, where he studied social networks on Wikipedia. He is a Rockwood Leadership Institute Fellow, and has trained in strategic communications with SPIN Academy and Spitfire Strategies. He serves on the Boards of Directors for the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture and the Prometheus Radio Project.

Nathan lives in Seattle, Washington and, frequently, out of a suitcase.

If you’d like to learn more about Nathan and his services, please be in touch.