Jim Klauder is the vice president of major gifts for TFAS and the vice president for public affairs and development for the Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE). He has devoted the last 30 years to promoting the cause of economic education in United States high schools. Prior to joining the FTE staff he was engaged in a variety of public service and business pursuits. He was twice elected to serve as a county commissioner in San Juan County, Washington, and also ran for the U.S. House of Representatives, although he was not elected to serve that time.
He founded and ran two successful businesses, an insurance brokerage and a market-making seat on the Pacific Stock Exchange. In a voluntary role, he served as president of the Little Cumberland Island Association, an organization that owns a barrier island off the southeastern coast of Georgia. Jim studied economics at Princeton University and graduated with honors.