James Humphries is a Principal Planner for the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council. He has been practicing planning in New Jersey for more than 19 years and is a licensed Professional Planner and certified by the American Institute for Certified Planners.

Prior to joining the Highlands Council staff, James was the Planning Director for Raritan Township in Hunterdon County. In that position he prepared two complete Master Plan revisions, prepared Subdivision and Site Plan standard revisions, updated the town's fair share housing plan, prepared state farmland preservation applications and master plan amendments, preserved open space, and dealt with the wide range of local planning issues in a developing municipality. James has also worked as a Planner for the City of Paterson, for the City's zoning Board of Adjustment and the Department of Community Development where he addressed issues related to affordable housing development, economic development, redevelopment and historic preservation.

James received a B.S. in Urban Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. He earned a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University.