James Woolsey

Former Director of the CIA

James Woolsey has served in the U.S. government on five different occasions, holding presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations, most recently as Director of Central Intelligence from 1993-1995. He 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. Woolsey currently chairs the Strategic Advisory Group of the Washington, D.C. private equity fund, Paladin Capital Group, the Advisory Board of the Opportunities Development Group, and he is Of Counsel to the Washington, D.C. office of the Boston-based law firm, Goodwin Procter. On the investment side, Woolsey is a Venture Partner with Lux Capital. He is also Chairman of Woolsey Partners LLC and prior to joining Lux, a Venture Partner and Senior Advisor to Vantage Point Venture Partners. Woolsey specializes in a range of alternative energy and security issues.


He co-founded the United States Energy Security Council and serves as an officer or advisor to the National Commission on Energy Policy and the Clean Fuels Foundation. He was former honorary co-chair of the Center for Security Policy and has also been a member of the National Commission on Terrorism, the Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the U.S. (Rumsfeld Commission), the President’s Commission on Federal Ethics Law Reform, the President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management (Packard Commission), and the President’s Commission on Strategic Forces (Scowcroft Commission).  Woolsey received his B.A. degree from Stanford University, an M.A. from Oxford University, and an LL.B. from Yale Law School.