James Toscano is the Vice President for Institutional Advancement responsible for Marketing, Government Relations, Interactive and Visual Communications, Publications, College Events and Alumni Relations. James served on the board of directors of the Old Dominion University (ODU) Alumni Association and, as a student, on the ODU Board of Visitors.
In 2012 James was appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell to a four-year term on the governing board of Hampton Roads Transit (HRT), the regional public transit provider in Hampton Roads. Before TCC, Toscano was Vice President of Public Affairs & Communications and Chief Communications Officer at HRT. At HRT, Toscano directed the public outreach activities of The Tide light rail system construction – one of the largest public works projects in the history of the region –– and directed the safety awareness marketing and communications campaigns. McDonnell previously appointed Toscano to the Public Transit Seat on the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities.
Toscano was McDonnell’s legislative director from 2002 – 2005 when McDonnell was the Assistant Majority Leader in the Virginia House of Delegates. Prior to that, Toscano was a Governor’s Fellow under Governor Mark Warner in the Office of the Secretary of Technology, working on promoting COVITS, an international symposium on technology.
Named one of Inside Business magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40,” Toscano is active in the community and serves as a member of the board of directors of VisitNorfolk (the tourism bureau). He is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute Political Leaders Program at the University of Virginia and previously served on the executive committee of the Virginia Transit Association Board of Directors.
Toscano is pursuing a doctorate in law and policy from Northeastern University in Boston. Toscano was offered entry to the London School of Economics to study policy before earning a master’s degree in public policy and management from the University of London. He holds a bachelor’s in communication from ODU.