James Sailer is vice president and director of the Population Council’s Corporate Affairs Division. He leads and provides strategic direction to the Council’s corporate operations, including information technology, human resources, procurement, communications, and publishing and creative services. Sailer also manages the Council’s Intellectual Asset Management group, which out-licenses Council technologies and oversees the Council’s intellectual property.
Sailer leads the Council’s project to file a New Drug Application for a novel one-year contraceptive ring. In this capacity, he serves as principal investigator on a multi-million dollar grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Sailer is the chairman of the board of InsideNGO, a membership organization of over 320 international NGOs, where he sits on the executive, governance, and sustainability committees. He is a member of the board and executive committee of the International Contraceptive Access (ICA) Foundation and is a member of the Licensing Executives Society.
Before joining the Council in 2004, Sailer was director of performance management for the New York City Department of Education, where he developed an accountability system and sophisticated new methods of analyzing school performance.
Sailer has worked in the nonprofit, government, and private sector. Earlier in his career, he was chief operating officer at Privista, an Internet-based company protecting consumers against identity theft, a senior manager at Accenture, and managing director at West End New Media, a full-service media production company.
An adjunct professor at Brooklyn College and City University of New York, Sailer holds a BA in political science from Swarthmore College and a master’s in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.