Ambassador R. James (Jim) Woolsey is a Board Advisor for Genesis Systems LLC. He is also a Venture Partner with Lux Capital and is Chairman of Woolsey Partners LLC.
Prior to joining Genesis Systems, Amb. Woolsey was a Venture Partner and Senior Advisor to VantagePoint Venture Partners. Previously, he served in the U.S. Government on five different occasions, where he held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations, most recently as Director of Central Intelligence from 1993-1995.
Amb. Woolsey has also been a Vice President and Officer of Booz Allen Hamilton and a partner at the law firm of Shea & Gardner in Washington, DC, now Goodwin Procter, where he practiced for 22 years in the fields of civil litigation, arbitration and mediation. He currently chairs the Strategic Advisory Group of the Washington, D.C. private equity fund, Paladin Capital Group, and is Counsel to the Washington, D.C. office of the Boston-based law firm, Goodwin Procter.
He also serves as an officer or advisor to a range of government, corporate and nonprofit groups, including the National Commission on Energy Policy, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and the Clean Fuels Foundation. Previously, he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Regents of The Smithsonian Institution, and a trustee of Stanford University.
Amb. Woolsey has also been a member of The National Commission on Terrorism, The Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the U.S., The President’s Commission on Federal Ethics Law Reform, The President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management, and The President’s Commission on Strategic Forces.
In April 2021, Amb. Woolsey, co authored, Operation Dragon with the late General Pacepa, a former Director of the Romanian Securitat who defected to the West in 1978.
Amb. Woolsey earned a BA from Stanford University, an MA from Oxford University, and an LLB from Yale Law School. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and attended Tulsa public schools.
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