James Riedel joined the ELP in 2001, becoming the Director in 2009 and the Executive Director in 2013. Mr. Riedel has also held positions as Language Specialist, Business English Programs Coordinator, Associate Director of Programs, and Interim Director. He has taught in a number of ELP programs, including the International Business Communication Program, Executive Communication Program, Fulbright Program in English for Graduate Studies, Summer Institute for International Business Students, Intensive Program, ELP online courses, and special programs for corporate sponsors. Mr. Riedel has also coordinated a variety of business English programs and a special program for the ELP. He has developed curriculum for many courses and programs, including the Intensive Program, SIIBS, and IBCP. Before joining the ELP, Mr. Riedel was executive program coordinator and taught at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan (1995-2001). Prior to that, he taught at the American Language Institute at San Francisco State University and UC-Berkeley Extension (1992-1994).
Mr. Riedel has a B.A. in English from Luther College (Decorah, Iowa), an M.B.A. in accounting and an M.A. in TESOL from San Francisco State University. He has studied Japanese, French, Spanish, and Italian. His current main areas of interest are program design and international recruitment.