Alexander James

Coach

Alexander “AJ” James has been involved with debate for 10 years, beginning as a sophomore in high school in the homeschool debate circuit of Southern California. He went to San Diego State University to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and competed on their parliamentary debate team. At the National Parliamentary Debate Association National Championship Tournament in 2015 he represented the US in the yearly public debate against the Irish national debate team. After graduating, he coached for Palomar Community College, earning the Marc Ouimet Service Award in 2015. Between 2016 and 2018, Alexander has worked at Homeless Advocacy Project in San Francisco, providing legal representation to homeless and no-income residents seeking Social Security disability benefits. In addition to his coaching duties at Club Parli, AJ is the director of Urban Parli Debate, a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization tasked with bringing free parliamentary debate programs to underserved Oakland public schools. AJ’s goal for Club Parli and Urban Parli debaters is to provide students with comprehensive argumentation skills, a supportive environment to grow, and critical knowledge about real-life experiences.

AJ can be reached at aj@clubparli.com.