A prominent policy strategist with a wealth of experience in the White House and on Capitol
Hill, Jim is a premier analyst of legislative issues with a tight grasp on the intersection of
politics and policy. He works closely with clients in government relations and international
sectors, including major defense firms, smaller research consortia, and foreign policy
Jim has more than 30 years of experience working with the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, including
serving as clerk and staff director for 10 years. During that time, he supervised a 125-person professional staff
in discharging the Committee’s responsibility to produce 13 annual appropriations bills. He also served as the
principal committee liaison to leadership and assisted leadership staff in planning the House of
Representatives agenda. Prior to his work with the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, Jim served as the
Deputy Assistant for Legislative Affairs for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, as the Principal
Deputy Assistant for the U.S. Department of State, and as a budget consultant to the Secretary of the Navy.
In addition to his extensive public service, Jim worked extensively in the private sector, serving as the director
of government relations for Philip Morris International and for the Power Systems Division of United
He is 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 U.S. Navy.