James Walkinshaw was born and raised here in Northern Virginia and has devoted his career to ensuring that our community remains a great place to live, work, and raise a family. During his ten years of service as Chief of Staff to Gerry Connolly, James worked to deliver results for Northern Virginians on a wide range of issues. He also gained a profound respect for the role of local government. James believes local government is the level where problems must be solved and accountability is absolute.

James graduated from New York University with a BA in Politics in 2005. Since 2012, James has volunteered as a mentor to at-risk boys through Fairfax County’s Befriend-A-Child program. He is an at-large member of Fairfax County’s Domestic Violence Prevention, Policy, and Coordinating Council where he helped lead the effort to create the county’s “Make the Call” campaign to raise awareness of the 24-hour domestic and sexual violence hotline. James serves on the Board of the Ravensworth Farm Civic Association and is a volunteer with the Friends of Lake Accotink Park. James and his wife, Yvette, live in the Ravensworth Farm neighborhood of the Braddock District.