Dr. James Dabney is currently Director of Posse New Orleans, a nonprofit that identifies, recruits, and trains incredible young leaders from urban public schools and sends them in Posses to our elite partner colleges and universities. A native of New Orleans and a product of the Orleans Parish School System, Dr. Dabney is a graduate of Oliver Perry Walker Senior High School. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Policy & Leadership from The Ohio State University, a Master of Science in Higher Education from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Southern University and A&M College.

Dr. Dabney loves "giving back" to the greater educational landscape of New Orleans in this capacity. Serving on the Inspire NOLA Charter Schools Board allow him to use his 20+ years of experience in education, college access and success in a broader context in New Orleans. Dr. Dabney is a member of the Academic and the Strategic Planning Committees.