James Folsom III is Tennessee Riverkeeper’s Director of Development. Folsom’s duties include fundraising, internal development, and further advancing the nonprofit’s mission of protecting the Cumberland and Tennessee River and the tributaries. Folsom works throughout the region, based out of the Tennessee Riverkeeper office in Nashville, Tennessee.
Folsom is the grandson of Governor “Big Jim” Folsom and the son of Marsha and Gov. Jim Folsom, Jr. James Folsom was raised in North Alabama. He grew up hiking in Bankhead National Forest and paddling the Mulberry and Locust Fork Rivers. James is a graduate of Bard College in New York’s Hudson River Valley. He then went on to get his Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law with a certificate in Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship and honors in Environmental Justice. James is a member of the Alabama State Bar.
James’s diverse professional background ranges from tech startups, nonprofits, law, municipal development, political consulting, and fundraising. Mr. Folsom joins Tennessee Riverkeeper in Nashville from The Bay Area in California where he worked in Political Digital Strategy.
In his free time James enjoys cheering on The Crimson Tide, hunting, museums, concerts, and hiking with his girlfriend and their dog.