James Barbee, MPA, PMP
His educational background started as an undergraduate of Pfeiffer College with a BA in Criminal Justice and Sociology. After graduating Pfeiffer, he became a certified emergency medical technician, law enforcement officer, and attended UNC-Charlotte’s MPA program while living in Statesville, NC. Since moving to Wake Forest, he has graduated from the Non-Profit Management program at Duke University and the Thomas H. Kearn Center for Creative Leadership.
His career in law enforcement began as a police officer in Statesville, where his passion for working with at risk youth was ignited. While a police officer, he served on sub-committees that led to the formation of the School Resource Officer program and worked to implement the Police Athletic League for At Risk Youth. In 1993, Jim became a Juvenile Court Intake Counselor with the NC Department of Juvenile Justice and moved to the 9th Judicial District to perform his duties. While in the District, he developed the Pal-to-Pal program, implemented a Restorative Justice program, and created the first inter-agency cross information sharing meeting that was used as a later model for Systems of Care. In 1998, he became the Area Consultant for the Department. Covering 12 counties, he worked with Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils in the central area of the state to create several initiatives, including the North Central Alliance for Youth, which won a national award for innovative programming from the National Association of Development Organizations.
After a 15 year career with DJJDP, he became the Youth Gang Specialist and Community Impact Manager for Youth & Early Childhood issues for the United Way of the Greater Triangle. In 2008, he took the position of the first Executive Director of the Durham At Risk Youth Collaborative which is a nonprofit consortium for independent nonprofits in Durham working with at risk youth targeting gang involved youth and school drop outs.