James Hooks is a leadership philosopher, executive coach, advisor, and senior learning partner, most recently for Airbnb. As a leader in tech, he brings mindfulness, intention, and care to every experience. He has previously led learning and organizational development teams for Facebook, Twitter, and PeopleLab.
At Airbnb, he created Learning Lab, an innovative high-touch leadership development experience focused on delivering rapid behavioral change in key skills areas. He serves as the leadership partner for Airbnb’s Tech organization of engineering, data science, and ITX teams. At Facebook, he founded the Facebook Research Academy, providing direction, oversight, and management of research educators, ensuring consistency in design principles and delivery across entire research organization. He was also featured in Imposter Magazine, published by Facebook, where his piece Lead Like A Loser was first published.
His doctoral research was on the Meaning Making of African American Leaders in Technology Organizations. He also holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership, from Brandman University, part of Chapman University, where his thesis was on Guiding Leadership Through Technologies in the Development of Transformative Organizational Cultures. Other academic achievements and work include Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in Corporate Innovation and Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Chapman University.
He previously served as Co-Founder and Vice Chair of Urban City Fresh in Atlanta, a 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on food education, and mentored with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Orange County and Los Angeles.
He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his dog, Kingsley.