November 19, 2008 – "Energy, Security, and the Long War of the 21st Century"
R. James Woolsey, Venture Partner, VantagePoint
Jim Woolsey is currently 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 VantagePoint Venture Partners. Previously, Woolsey 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. 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. Woolsey currently chairs the Strategic Advisory Group of the Washington, D.C. private equity fund, Paladin Capital Group, and he is Of Counsel to the Washington, D.C. office of the Boston-based law firm, Goodwin Procter. In the above capacities he specializes in a range of alternative energy and security issues. He also serves as an officer or advisor to a range of government, corporate and non-profit 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. He 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 was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and attended Tulsa public schools. He received his B.A. degree from Stanford University, an M.A. from Oxford University, and an LL.B. from Yale Law School. Woolsey is a frequent contributor of articles to major publications and from time to time gives public speeches and media interviews on the subjects of foreign affairs, defense, energy and intelligence.