Jim Campbell is the past president of the East Tennessee Economic Council, a not-for-profit membership organization founded in the 1970s to explore opportunities for East Tennessee businesses in the areas of science, energy and environment, health and security. He also has served as a Fellow with the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee, where he worked with faculty, students and researchers at the university, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Y-12 National Security Complex, and the Tennessee Valley Authority to develop programs around the subject of public policy in energy, environment, and security. Campbell started his career at The Oak Ridger, the daily newspaper serving Oak Ridge, TN, and surrounding areas; and also served as a contributing editor, of the Journal for Applied Research and Public Policy, a publication of UT’s Energy, Environmental and Research Center. He has a Bachelor of Arts, from Maryville College and a Master of Arts from the University of Oregon.

Campbell has served on many board and civic foundations supporting community development, education and health. They include: the Tennessee Humanities Council, United Way of Anderson County, Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation, American Museum of Science and Energy Foundation, and Technology 2020. He is an elder at First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge.