Board Member James R. True is the City Attorney for the City of Aspen and has lived in Aspen, Colorado since 1979. He has a diverse background in both science and law, with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina. In 1988, Jim was elected to the Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners and served two terms in that position. Besides working with AIMF, Jim has been an active community member serving on numerous local boards and commissions, including the Valley Partnership for Drug Prevention (Board of Directors, 2005- 2009); Friends of Africa (Board of Directors, 1988-present, President, 1993-1995, presently President/Legal Counsel and member of the International Advisory Board); Pitkin County Conflict of Interest Committee (1999-2010); Aspen Junior Hockey (Board of Directors, 1999- 2003, President 2001-2003); Grassroots Television (Board of Directors, 1997- 2004, President, 1999-2002); Early Learning Center (Board of Directors, 1991- 1999); Roaring Fork Transit Authority (Board of Directors, 1990); Aspen/Pitkin Housing Authority (Board of Directors, 1991 and 1993-1997); Aspen Child Care Center (Board of Directors, 1988-1989).
Jim has lived in and visited mountain areas throughout the world, including the Swiss Alps, the Southern Mountains in New Zealand, the Blue Mountains in Australia, the Andes in Peru, and, of course the Rockies of the western United States. However, his favorite peak is Kilimanjaro. “The majesty of Kilimanjaro watching over a herd of elephants on the plains of Kenya is beyond breathtaking.”