James Gamble joined AIA as its Assistant Director in May of 2007 and became Executive Director in December of 2012. He was born in Anchorage, Alaska where he graduated from the University of Alaska, Anchorage with a degree in biology after which he turned his attention to administration and public policy. He is the current lead for AIA in the Arctic Contaminants Action Program (ACAP), Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME), and Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG), as well as the Task Force on Arctic Marine Cooperation, and the Task Force on Scientific Cooperation in the Arctic.
He also served on the Task Force on Short Lived Climate Forcers, The Task Force on Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response, The Task Force on Marine Oil Pollution Prevention, and the Task Force for Action on Black Carbon and Methane. He has published articles and papers on topics such as the connection between subsistence and culture, subsistence use mapping as a tool for community empowerment, the Aleutians as a shipping crossroads, and the role of the Permanent Participants in the Artic Council.
James is the current Chairman of the Algu Fund Board, the Algu Fund is a foundation that helps to fund the work of the Permanent Participants in the Arctic Council.