Jim Shaffer is co-founder and current Chairman of the Board of the 402 Arts Collective. Since his junior high days, Jim has been involved in public school music programs and worship settings. Having experienced the power of positive mentorship as a youth, Jim sees The 402 as a place for young people to develop important life skills such as self confidence, discipline and a passion for excellence.

Jim is also kind of a geek with degrees that include Mathematics, Physics, and an MBA. Prior to his involvement with The 402, Jim enjoyed a 25-year career in Information Technology, Electronic Banking, and Information Security.  Jim is also Owner and CEO of Counterparts, a provider of concierge services and property management.