CEO & Founder
James Figueiredo leads CWI’s multidisciplinary team providing training and technical assistance for healthcare systems, health departments, and educational institutions. He has over 3 decades of experience working in the public health field throughout the United States and internationally.
Today, his work is primarily focused on the professional development of community health workers (CHWs) and CHW Supervisors. James is a chapter author for the 3rd Edition of the Foundations for Community Health Workers textbook. James is currently serving as Committee Chair for a Boston Public School establishing the first state approved CHW Core Competencies training program.
His professional experience included working with the Cambridge Health Alliance as a CHW on an integrated clinical team during the height of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, co-chairing the Justice Resource Institute’s Diversity Committee, supporting organization’s efforts to establish high-performing community advisory boards, and teaching undergraduate community health courses at Tufts University. Over an 8 year period he provided training and technical assistance related to community health and leadership in 8 African countries. James served 4 years at Center for Health Impact as Director of Education and Interprofessional Development where he led the development and delivery of the nationally implemented and MassHealth-endorsed Successful Supervision with CHWs curriculum.
He holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard University and Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership and Management from Boston University. As an undergraduate he studied English Language and Literature at West London College in the United Kingdom. James is fluent in Portuguese and conversant in Spanish and Kabuverdianu.
James most enjoys long trips with his spouse and kids to reconnect with members of their large tight-knit quirky extended family scattered around the world.