James Reginald Colimon
Born and raised in Port-au-Prince Haiti, James Reginald Colimon has made Boston his home since moving to the United States more than 30 years ago. He has dedicated his life to serving others. He began his career in government in 2001, as a Senior Community Outreach Coordinator in the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians (now known as the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Advancement). During his nine-year tenure, he represented the Mayor and the City of Boston at events, and led fundraising efforts to support projects such as “English for New Bostonians." His relentless organizing efforts established the first-ever City of Boston Free Immigration Clinic after September 11, 2001. The Clinic currently serves more than 300 new Bostonians each year, providing free legal advice to those who cannot afford a private attorney.
Seeking new challenges, James relocated to Orlando, Florida in 2010, where he worked in the Mayor’s Office of Communications and Neighborhood Relations for 3 years. He worked with nearly 400 diverse neighborhood associations and individual homeowners in identifying and utilizing City services and community resources. Returning to Boston in 2013, he joined the Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Relations as the Liaison to the Boston City Council. In this position, he is responsible for promoting and advancing Mayor Walsh's agenda at the City level, including advocating with the Council and other parties. He serves as the liaison for interactions between the Mayor, members of his Cabinet, Department Heads, and the Boston City Council.
James holds a BA in Political Science and Foreign Languages from Salem State University, and an MBA in International Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He is an effective bridge-builder and a talented communicator, fluent in English, French, Haitian Creole and Spanish, with a working knowledge of Portuguese. He and his wife, Dr. Liza Marie Colimon, live in Jamaica Plain with their two children, Zoë and Marcus. He believes that everyone — no matter who you are — can make a difference.