(Friday, August 19, 2022, New York, NY) — Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) is pleased to announce that Major League Baseball Players Association’s (MLBPA) Chief Operating Officer Xavier D. James, Sr. has been elected to CSF’s Board of Directors.
A supporter of expanding educational opportunity, Mr. James grew up in the South Bronx and received a scholarship to attend boarding school in Massachusetts from the age of thirteen.
“At an early age, the connection between school and possible success in life was relatively clear to me,” said James. “When I realized there was a world outside of the South Bronx and school was the conduit to that world, it really motivated me. Joining the Board of the Children’s Scholarship Fund is a reflection of my commitment to giving kids, regardless of their economic circumstances, educational opportunities, which were afforded to me. I am humbled to join this board and take on the challenge of finding concrete, long term solutions that help all children nationwide get the education they deserve.”
“We are honored to welcome Xavier James to the CSF board,” said CSF President Darla M. Romfo. “With his expertise as well as his passion for education as a route to better outcomes for children, Xavier is an excellent addition to our board. We look forward to working with him to fulfill CSF’s mission of expanding educational opportunities for all children.”
As Chief Operating Officer of the MLBPA, Mr. James oversees organizational infrastructure, human resources, finance, communications, information technology, budgeting, philanthropy, as well as providing support for the business department of the Association. Prior to joining the MLBPA, Xavier was the Founder and President of The James Group, a company that specialized in general contract negotiations including business matters in the sports and entertainment industries, and served in various roles at MasterCard Worldwide, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Simon & Schuster, Sheffield Management, and HBO.
Mr. James holds a degree (with honors) in political science from New York University (College of Arts and Science), a law degree from New York University School of Law, and an MBA degree from New York University (Stern School of Business). He has also served as an adjunct member of the sports business faculty at New York University (Tisch Center) (from 2005 to 2013) and was the recipient of the NYU Outstanding Faculty Service Award (2013).
About Children’s Scholarship Fund: Founded in 1998 by the late John Walton and Ted Forstmann, Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) provides children of low-income families with tuition assistance in grades K-8, and supports expanding educational opportunities for all children. Since its inception, CSF and its partners have invested $934 million in scholarships for 191,500 deserving children and their families, including more than 25,000 children in the 2021-22 school year. In New York City alone, CSF has provided scholarships worth $282 million to 37,100 children, serving 6,374 children in 2021-22. For more information, visit www.scholarshipfund.org.