James Herard is field director for the ACLU of Florida, a position he has held since September 2019. He brings to the ACLU nearly two decades of professional experience as an organizer, leading community members and community stakeholders into collective action.
Prior to joining the ACLU, he served as political director for the Broward County Teachers Union, the collective bargaining unit for public school teachers in the nation's fifth largest school district. During his tenure, more educators participated in union activities than at any time in the history of the organization.
James was born in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood to Haitian immigrant parents, from whom he inherited a sense of cultural pride and learned the importance of civic involvement, engagement and responsibility. He has been advocating for underserved communities since the age of six when his mother began taking him to rallies to protest injustices that affected the community he grew up in.
James earned a political science degree from Florida International University and built a career fighting to protect unions and workers’ rights throughout the nation. His work with various unions has won him a reputation as someone who is deeply connected with community issues.
When James is not advocating for working people, he volunteers at the Mobile School Pantry, feeding South Florida's most underserved communities.