James Foster, Town Board Member

Current Four Year Term of Office:
January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2021

Served Since:
January 1, 2018
 
Phone:
(518) 439-4955, ext 1164
 
Email:
jfoster@townofbethlehem.org
Jim Foster, Board Member
Biography:
Jim Foster was elected and took office on the Town Board in January 2018.  A third generation resident of Bethlehem, Jim has volunteered hundreds of hours serving the community in various capacities, including as a long-time member of the Elsmere Fire Company.  After graduating from Bethlehem Central High School, Jim attended Georgetown University from which he graduated with honors with a dual major in Government and Psychology.  While in college Jim earned his EMT certification and received hands-on medical training working in the Georgetown University Hospital Emergency Room.  He continued on to employment as a Senior Auditor at UHY Advisors, where he was granted Top Secret security clearance and provided consulting services to various federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, at multiple civilian and military installations, including the US Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.  In 2007, Jim left UHY Advisors to attend Albany Law School, where he served on the Executive Board of the Albany Law Review and graduated with honors.  He then accepted a position as a litigator in the Manhattan office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP, a top international law firm.  As a litigator, Jim worked on highly-complex commercial cases and managed a team of over 60 attorneys.  While in Manhattan, Jim also worked pro bono on environmental policy at the Environmental Defense Fund.  Jim received further executive legal and business training at Harvard University and was recognized by Legal Services NYC for his dedication to providing legal representation to the poor and underserved.  In 2016, Jim joined a local law firm as an attorney in that firm’s Corporate and Transactional group.  He sits on the Advisory Council of the Bethlehem YMCA and on the Board of Directors of the Elsmere Fire Company, where he also continues to serve as an active firefighter and “big brother” to several junior firefighters.  Jim currently resides at his home in Delmar in the neighborhood immediately behind Elsmere School.