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James Walton is a philanthropist, policy advocate, and conservationist. He helms a social-impact investment portfolio focused on driving positive change for people, communities, and places worldwide. His work is inspired by his grandparents, Helen and Sam Walton, who believed that there is no limit to what individuals can accomplish if given the opportunity, encouragement, and incentive to do their best.

He serves on the Walton Family Foundation Board of Directors, focusing on education and river conservation. James has long been engaged with the Walton Family Foundation’s K – 12 Education Program and, in his personal philanthropic initiative, he promotes diverse, individualized instructional models such as the Montessori Method. He is passionate about contributing to the equality of all children, and establishing a governance system for public education that honors democracy, communities, and diversity of outcomes. James’s initiatives have grown to support increased equality and resiliency for indigenous communities, social-impact art patronage, urban mobility, and youth-powered initiatives. James also serves on the Walton Family Foundation Environment Program Committee, which works to protect oceans and rivers and the livelihoods they sustain.

James is also an avid mountain biker, whitewater kayaker, and skier. His love of the outdoors drives his conservation ethic and often includes promoting outdoor adventure as a health and wellness solution.

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