James Schroll is a Senior Project Manager for The Solar Foundation’s SolSmart program. In this role, he provides technical assistance to local governments to reduce barriers to solar adoption. He has a specific expertise in land use issues and has given presentations on zoning best practices for solar at conferences around the country. In addition to his work on SolSmart, James leads The Solar Foundation’s American Cities Climate Challenge work, particularly its efforts to assist cities adopt solar-ready and electric vehicle-ready codes.

Prior to joining The Solar Foundation, he worked for both the Office of Government Relations at the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and Labor. The Arlington County Board appointed him to the Planning Commission in 2015, where he serves currently as Chair. James served previously as the Chair of the County’s Public Facilities Review Committee and as a member of the Transportation Commission. He holds an MPA from George Mason University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Mary Washington.

James says: “I was excited to work at The Solar Foundation because my role would allow me to combine my conviction that we must expand renewable energy with my professional and civic volunteer experience. I am thrilled that I am able to apply these skills to help communities across the country reduce their regulatory and policy barriers to solar adoption.”