James “Jim” Shelton is 2U’s chief impact officer, overseeing university partner program implement, research, and university relations. Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Morehouse College, as well as master’s degrees in both business administration and education from Stanford GSB and GSE.
Prior to 2U, Jim served as the Deputy Secretary and COO of the U.S. Department of Education and led a range of management, policy, and program functions in support of educational access and excellence for America’s children, especially those least advantaged. While in government, he also launched and led the President’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, and served on and led multiple interagency efforts focused on increasing economic opportunity and entrepreneurship and building the enabling technology and R&D infrastructures to accelerate progress.
Earlier in his career, Jim opened the east coast offices of NewSchools Venture Fund and became the program director for education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he managed a $2-3 billion portfolio of non-profit investments. He has chaired numerous non-profit boards and led domestic and international social sector initiatives ranging from economic development to voter education in emerging democracies. Jim currently resides in his hometown, Washington, D.C., with his wife and their two sons.