Position: Board Member

Committees: Steering

Contact: Email


Jim Shorter is the parent of five children. His youngest son, Jonathan, is an MITA 9th grader. Jim is a supporter of the basics (the three Rs) along with organized focus on developing critical thinking skills for application to academics (AVID) and life outside of school (the whole person approach). He also believes that MITA needs to embrace community-based sports, music and work opportunities {cooperative education models) as an integral part of the MITA Curriculum. Jim is an active member of the African American Parent Association and considers cultural acknowledgement and respect in the curriculum to be essential components of cultural sensitivity.

Jim received his B.A. in Psychology from UC Irvine, his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and his Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and before the U.S. Supreme Court. Jim has been the Director of two state agencies and three regional centers for people with developmental disabilities, including his current position as Executive Director of Golden Gate Regional Center in San Francisco.

Jim’s interests and expertise are in non-profit board governance, labor-management relations, and building models and metrics for measuring performance. He believes that Strategic planning done well can provide the basic policy guidance for MITAs continued success.