James Toscano is the president of Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust and former Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Tidewater Community College. A policy entrepreneur, James spearheaded the development and adoption of an expanded public comment policy for governing boards, which gave greater access to citizens in public decision-making. He has held policy board appointments under two governors, was the legislative director to the assistant majority leader in the Virginia House of Delegates, and was a Governor’s Fellow under then-Virginia Governor Mark R. Warner. James holds a doctorate in law and policy from Northeastern University, a master’s in public policy and management from the University of London, and a bachelor’s in communications from Old Dominion University. His research and writings can be found in GOVERNING, Government Technology, Public Management magazine, and in a recent book, Citizen Engagement and Public Participation in an Era of New Media, published by IGI Global.