James Whitfield

James Whitfield

James Whitfield is co-founder of Reimagine Thriving, a movement advancing equitable, love-based principles and practices for families, teams, organizations, congregations and communities.

A noted public speaker, trainer, and facilitator, James employs a decidedly multi-disciplinary approach to his work resulting from broad-based experience in business, non-profit, and government executive management, including having been appointed by the White House to oversee the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Pacific Northwest (Region 10), making him the HHS Secretary’s top representative in the region, splitting his time between Seattle and D.C and managing staff across the nation.  James’ experience includes having been a licensed health insurance agent, COO of a cyber-security company, and President of a state-wide health foundation.  He recently stepped down as President & CEO of Leadership Eastside after 9 years.  In addition to leading that organization’s administration and operations, James played an active role in program development and delivery for the organization’s Adaptive Community Leadership, Civic Incubator, and equity programming.

James has studied health care policy at Harvard; is the author of the hospital patient guide, “Just What the Patient Ordered”; is co-founder of Nourishing Networks, a local all-volunteer anti-hunger movement; and has served as a marriage counselor along with his wife, Kristen, at Overlake Christin Church where James serves on the board of Elders.