Jim Dyer is a Principal at the PodestaGroup, and has a long history of public service, serving as clerk and staff director on the House Committee on Appropriations for 10 years and as Deputy Assistant for Legislative Affairs for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Mr. Dyer serves as a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds the distinguished public service award from the US Navy.

Mr. Dyer handled legislative affairs for the US Department of State for two years and later served as a budget consultant to the Secretary of the Navy. In addition to his public sector work, Mr. Dyer has also worked extensively in the private sector. He directed government relations for the Philip Morris Companies, Inc., and for the Power Systems Division of United Technologies Corp. He is a member of the board of directors for Ford’s Theater and the Chairman’s Advisory Board at the US Institute for Peace, and also serves on the boards of the National Zoo and the US Capitol Historic Society.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and has done graduate work in Legislative Affairs at George Washington University. He also holds an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Scranton.