James L. Thompson, Jr. was born in Southeast Alabama. He graduated from Troy State University with a B.S. and a Master’s in English Education. After college, James taught high school English at Henderson High School in DeKalb County Georgia. After four years of teaching, he resigned and joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent. James served five years with the FBI and was stationed in Houston and New York. He later resigned from the FBI and joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Senior Special Agent in Dallas, Texas as a Special Agent with EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division. In 2001, James was promoted to the Special Agent in Charge of the Philadelphia CID regional office. James retired from EPA in 2007 and became a licensed Private Investigator in Montgomery County.
Additionally, from 2003 to 2010 James served as an Adjunct Faculty Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania where he created and presented a graduate level course on Environmental Justice, presenting case studies on criminal investigations and regulatory enforcement.
James has pursued several interests with much success. In 2010, he formed Abuzz Filmworks, an independent film production company. That same year James wrote, directed and produced his first short film entitled, “The Coloring.”
In 2020, James worked as a Census Field Supervisor for the 2020 Census. Later that same year he worked with Montgomery County Voter Services to help process ballots for the 2020 Presidential Election. In March 2021, James began working with Montgomery County Pennsylvania COVID-19 Vaccination Centers where he registered clients to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
In 2020, James became a board member with the Philadelphia Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. where he currently serves as the Director of Communications. In 2022, James also became a board member for the American Heritage Federal Credit Union.