James L. Tatum III is the Director for the Detroit Bureau of the Citizens Research Council. Previously, he served as an analyst in the City of Detroit’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) where he prepared cost-benefit analyses of City projects, asset sales and labor contracts, forecasted city revenues and expenditures, and conducted scenario analyses for the City’s pension plans. In addition to his practical experience, he is an accomplished academic. His research on debt, pensions, insolvency, Chapter 9 bankruptcy, and dissolution has been published in trade, law, and academic journals.
He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Eastern Michigan University in 2014, where he currently lectures, and earned his Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 2017.