South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has appointed James Mueller executive director of community investment, transitioning from his current position as chief of staff to the Mayor. The Department of Community Investment plays a critical role in realizing the Mayor’s vision across several key areas: economic opportunity and business development, city planning and strategic investment in community resources, and neighborhood engagement and policy. Before joining the Mayor’s office, Mueller promoted pragmatic public policies and affordable energy solutions at the George Washington University’s Solar Institute in Washington, DC. He also served in the office of U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), for nearly four years, first as a John A. Knauss Legislative Fellow and then as a policy advisor on energy and natural resources. Mueller is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s High School. He went on to study mathematics, history, and philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where he received his bachelor degrees. After college, he studied ocean science and engineering at the University of Delaware where he received his doctorate for his work to improve weather, severe storm, and climate models.