James Barnett is a graduate student in the Master of City and Regional Planning program at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. He is concentrating in Urban Development and Redevelopment while pursuing a certificate in Historic Preservation. James is passionate about bringing equitable built development to underserved urban districts while preserving their community vitality and culture. He focuses his research for the Policy Lab around highlighting the funding and opportunity inequities within the New Jersey K-12 school system. Prior to his time at Bloustein, James served as a Senior Research & Policy Analyst for a data aggregation company where he specialized in legal correspondence, legislative tracking, and government/lobbyist relations. James holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Public Policy, Business Administration, and Legal Studies from the University of Delaware; graduating in 2019.