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Venture Partner

R. James Woolsey

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Jim Woolsey is a Venture Partner with Lux Capital. He is also Chairman of Woolsey Partners LLC.

Prior to joining Lux, Jim was a Venture Partner and Senior Advisor to VantagePoint Venture Partners. Previously, Jim 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.

Jim 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. Jim 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.

Jim 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.

Key Facts

  • Earned a BA from Stanford University, an MA from Oxford University, and an LLB from Yale Law School

  • Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and attended Tulsa public schools