james p. schwarz

Senior Governance Consultant, BoardSource

Jim Schwarz works with nonprofits and associations to build high-performing boards through governance, group effectiveness, meeting dynamics, board development, team building, and strategic thinking. He has worked with a variety of organizations, including Achieve, CCIM Institute (member organization in commercial real estate), the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits, Ford Foundation, International Code Council (developer of municipal building codes), and the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association). Jim is also a regular speaker at the BoardSource Leadership Forum.

In addition to his work with BoardSource, Jim is president of Compass Development & Governance Group, Inc., a consulting and training company serving for-profit businesses, mostly Fortune 500 companies.

Jim has been an active board volunteer at several nonprofits, including the Stamford, Connecticut chapter of the American Red Cross and SoundWaters Environmental Education Center. He served on the Red Cross board from 2000 through 2006, including terms as chair and vice chair. He initiated and facilitated successful merger discussions with nearby chapters to improve operating effectiveness, encouraged a change in board leadership when conflict threatened to destabilize the chapter, and led the chapter through an executive director change. Jim also was vice chair and governance committee chair at SoundWaters. He is currently on the board of the St. Johns Riverkeeper in Jacksonville, Florida.

Jim received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary. Additionally, he has attended various education programs within his field, including Yale University’s Corporate Environmental Leadership Seminar, Myers Briggs Type Indicator training, Harrison Owens’s Open Space Meeting Technology, and Scott Peck’s Community Building Workshops.