Frank James is currently Dakota Rural Action’s Staff Director. He began organizing in the late 1990s with DRA. Since then he’s been the Staff Director at the Idaho Rural Council and a Regional Organizer with the Western Organization of Resource Councils.

Frank has been the Staff Director since 2006.

Frank was raised on a South Dakota family farm in Day County and farmed with his family for four years before returning to Dakota Rural Action.

He is married to Kim and they live in Toronto, SD. Together Kim and Frank have built a small local foods farm called Foodtopia Farms. They specialize in a Jalapeno Jelly which is sold through a local restaurant and food stores and super markets in eastern South Dakota.

Frank has experience building organizations, training staff and members, building coalitions and developing grassroots strategies.