James Atebe is past Mayor of Mission, British Columbia, Canada, a municipality east of Vancouver in the British Columbia region known as the Fraser Valley. A native of Ekerenyo, a village in the North Mugirango Constituency of Kenya, he was first elected mayor in 2005, after serving as a member of the city council for six years. Atebe was easily re-elected in 2008 over Matt Johnson, his opponent, who received less than 20% of the vote after almost being acclaimed as mayor of Mission. However, in the 2011 municipal election, Atebe was defeated by opponent Ted Adlem, who captured 50% of the vote.
Atebe was a roommate of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Calgary. In 2009, Canadian Immigrant magazine named James Atebe as "one of Canada's Top 25 immigrants" at the Citizenship and Immigration office in Vancouver.