The Rev. Jim Sessions is the founding President of the Working America Education Fund. Sessions is a United Methodist minister who has lived and worked in Southern Appalachia for more than 40 years. He has served as an executive director for the following social and economic justice organizations: Southern Appalachian Ministry, Southerners for Economic Justice, the Commission on Religion in Appalachia, the Highlander Research and Education Center, and the Union Community Fund of the AFL-CIO. Sessions has also worked as a program director for the Children’s Defense Fund's national training center: Alex Haley Farm. Prior to those years he was chaplain at several universities: Princeton, Drew, Brown, Harvard, and MIT.