Jim Walsh was elected to council in November 2015 to serve a 3 year term beginning in January 2016.
Jim is Council liaison of the the Recreation and Arts Committee and serves on the Health and Human Services Committee and the Public Works and Public Utilities Committee
Jim brings a wealth of leadership experience to the council, previously serving on the boards of various organizations committed to environmental protection and social justice. These include serving on the Highland Park Environmental Commission, a member of the Leaguers Health Advisory Council, a steering committee member of the NJ Anti-Poverty Network, a Board Member of the George St Co-op, A Democratic Committeeman, Policy Chair for the New Brunswick Community Food Alliance, and Co-chair of the Bayshore Regional Water Council. He is currently the Mid-Atlantic Director of Food & Water Watch, an organization committed to building grassroots power to protect the human right to water and create a more healthy and just food system.
Jim first found his passion for social justice when he started volunteering for the Milwaukee Catholic Workers while earning a degree in economics from Marquette University. After graduating from Marquette, he participated in an organizing fellowship with the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group at Rutgers University. He then went on to work for Family Promise, organizing communities of faith on issues of poverty and homelessness. Immediately prior to starting with Food & Water Watch, Jim was the Program Director for New Jersey Citizen Action where he would oversee statewide campaigns focused on a variety of social justice issues ranging from health care for all to ending the war in Iraq.