From his website bio: "James Mendez Hodes is a Filipino-American writer, game designer, cultural consultant, and martial artist from the greater New York metropolitan area. He earned a bachelor's degree in Religion, with minors in Dance and English Literature, from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania; and a master's degree in Eastern Classics from St. John's Graduate Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. You might know him from his ENnie Award-winning work on role-playing games like 7th Sea and Scion ... His primary party role is tank, secondary support."
Many RPG designer credits. A designer in the Rentpunk gamejam.
Member of the core writing team for the narrative-driven board game Sea of Legends. From that game's KS page: "Mendez is the project's cultural consulting lead, coordinating the input of multiple consultants offering their perspective on different aspects of the game. He's also writing some adventure content! You might know him from his past writing and consulting work on 7th Sea, Scion, Monsterhearts, or some articles about orcs."