James B. Langford serves as Executive Director for the Georgia Meth Project. Well-known to many elected officials and policy makers, he has been appointed by five governors of Georgia over a 35-year period to several state-wide commissions and boards.
Mr. Langford has a long career in non-profit, public service programs that benefit communities and the state of Georgia. He is a former member of the Georgia Board of Natural Resources (DNR), the Governor's Environmental Advisory Council and the Georgia Humanities Council.
From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Langford served as Georgia State Director of the Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit organization that creates parks and preserves open space. At TPL, he led the effort to design the connected park and greenspace system of the Atlanta BeltLine, and he directed the acquisition of more than $40 million of land to be converted from commercial and industrial uses into parkland.
A native of Calhoun, Georgia, he is the founder of two successful non-profits: the MillionMile Greenway, an organization that helps communities throughout the eastern United States preserve and connect greenspace, and the Coosawattee Foundation, an organization that concentrates its efforts on the study and protection of archaeological sites and environmentally sensitive areas.
For many years, Mr. Langford carried on a business career in parallel to his non-profit work. From 1985 to 2004, he was a co-founder and senior executive of successful high technology companies that focused on electronic commerce. One of those companies, Harbinger Corporation, became a publicly-held company in 1995. Early in his business career, he held positions with The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, New York City, Argentina, and the Caribbean.
Mr. Langford also serves on the Board of Councilors of the Carter Presidential Center, and he is a member of the Downtown Atlanta Rotary Club. He earned his undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and an MBA degree from the Harvard Business School.