Conference and Events Manager
As conference and events manager, Jim Clapes handles logistics for DPA’s International Drug Policy Reform Conference, staff retreat and other organizational events. Jim has fifteen years’ experience in meeting and event management, including more than ten years coordinating events in the nonprofit sector.
Before joining DPA, Jim served as the manager of conferences & events with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for more than seven years, where he spearheaded the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo. Prior to USGBC, Jim served as events director for the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., planning the organization’s two annual flagship events. Jim started his career in events and developed a passion for the industry as a conference director at Financial Research Associates, where he produced industry events in the financial services arena. Jim also served as a Congressional intern on Capitol Hill in the office of Representative Sam Farr (D-CA).
Jim was honored by Connect Association in 2018 as a "Top 40 Under 40" recipient in the meetings industry. Jim also serves as Executive Board Chair of the LGBT Meeting Professionals Association, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization committed to the professional advancement of LGBT meeting professionals and diversity and inclusion throughout the profession.
Jim grew up in Northern California and received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California, Santa Cruz.