James Farnsworth serves as the executive director of the Highland Business Association and deputy executive director of the Summit Hill Association. Previously, he worked in various other roles in non-profit organizations, state government, and the private sector.
In addition to University governance service, Farnsworth is actively involved as a year-round adult advisor and program manager for the YMCA Center for Youth Voice. He also serves on the board of trustees of the Friends School of Minnesota, the board of directors of the Highland District Council, and as a member of the St. Paul City Council Audit Committee.
Farnsworth has completed coursework in human resource development in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He lives in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood of St. Paul.