James Gallagher

SIY Certified Teacher


Oakland, CA, USA

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James Gallagher is the Founder of Ei Collaborative, an independent emotional intelligence consultant, and a Certified Teacher for the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI), a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence development program born at Google.  James has trained in facilitating Trauma-sensitive Mindfulness with David Treleaven, author of Trauma-sensitive Mindfulness; and served as an Equity Fellow with the National Equity Project. Prior to consulting, James was the Vice President of Education for Aspire Public Schools, a network of 40 schools. In this role, he designed and facilitated professional learning for teammates across Aspire, including the Executive Team, Senior Education Team, Principals, and school based teammates.  James co-led Aspire’s Social Emotional Learning (SEL) implementation across Aspire’s 40 schools. In 2018-2019, James implemented a year-long leadership development initiative for Aspire’s Senior leaders, 40 principals, and eight school based teams. James has also facilitated mindfulness-based emotional intelligence programs in corporations, non profits, and educational institutions including California Charter School Association (CCSA), New Leaders for New Schools, Alder Graduate School of Education, and Hauppauge, NY School District.

Prior to his role as Aspire’s VP of Education, James served as Aspire’s Sr. Director of Instructional Effectiveness supervising Aspire’s 40 member Instructional Coach team, focusing on educator development and implementation of Aspire’s K-12 curriculum, instruction and assessment program.  James holds a BA in Pre-Law & Philosophy from Binghamton University and a law degree from George Washington University.