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 branding and communications, information services, publishing, human resources, and administration. 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 (NDA) for a novel one-year contraceptive ring. He is the Council’s lead representative to the Food and Drug Administration, and directs a dedicated team of staff members and consultants in preparing the reports and summaries necessary for the NDA. 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. He also is the author of over 20 case studies and teaching notes from his time as a Research Associate at Harvard Business School.
An adjunct professor at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, Sailer holds a BA in political science from Swarthmore College and a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.