Born to a family of activists, Ruth Ann boasts loudly about her four voting offspring and their long-time love of the natural history and culture of the Delmarva Peninsula and surrounding bays.
She is a Senior Fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program Network, trained in linguistics and cross-cultural conflict analysis. Ruth Ann is grateful for leadership opportunities in the League of Women Voters, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Eastern Mennonite University, and Plowshares Institute. But it was the practical, hands-on apprenticeships with the Cheswold and Leipsic Planning and Zoning Commissions that taught her valuable lessons in the struggles of community self-determination.
Her own mixed-blood heritage, coupled with her longing to live together well with all living things, led her to start Greenbridge Community CDC, Leipsic River Watershed Association, and Friends of Lenape Everywhere. She has worked as a teacher, ghostwriter, gardener, and worm farmer in order to fund interfaith coalitions, civics education, and Lenape language restoration.
Leveraging our common need for survival to promote environmental awareness, civics education, and local economies, Ruth Ann James redefines Good Citizen with a catapulting courage.