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Kay C. James  

Motivational Speaker, Founder of the Gloucester Institute

Kay is the founder and President of the Gloucester Institute, a non profit organization dedicated to preserving our history while leaving a legacy of faith and ideas.

Prior to that she was nominated by President George W. Bush, as Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) on July 11, 2001. Director James was an advocate for Federal employees and leader of a dynamic agency with over 3,600 employees around the world with an annual budget in excess of 261 million dollars and trust funds that annually exceeded 29 billion dollars. In fact, if OPM were in the private-sector, it would rank as the largest Fortune 500 company in terms of assets. Prior to that, she served as a leader and manager in Government on the Federal, state, and local levels and in private, non-profit, and academic settings. She served as a Senior Fellow and Director of The Citizenship Project at the Heritage Foundation, Dean of the School of Government, Regent University, Chair of the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, Secretary of Health and Human Resources for former Virginia Governor George Allen where she designed and implemented Virginia’s landmark welfare reform initiative. As Secretary, James was responsible for fourteen state agencies and over 19,000 employees.

Before serving in the Allen Administration, James was Senior Vice President of the Family Research Council. She has also served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for One to One Partnership, a national umbrella organization for mentoring programs. She served under President George H. W. Bush as Associate Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and as Assistant Secretary for public affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She was appointed by President Reagan and reappointed by President George H. W. Bush as member of the National Commission on Children. James previously served on both the Fairfax County School Board and the Virginia Board of Education. She has also served on the board of Focus on the Family. She now serves on the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army , The Heritage Foundation Board and two for profit corporate boards: PNC Bank and AMERIGROUP, Inc., a health care provider exclusively for low-income families.

A graduate of Hampton University, James is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, most recently the Doctor of Laws Degree from Pepperdine University. She is also the recipient of several awards and special recognitions too numerous to mention.

As a commentator and lecturer, Mrs. James has appeared on every network morning show, several national news and talk programs. Her editorials have been featured in newspapers across the country. She was one of the founders of the Richmond Crisis Pregnancy Center. In addition, James is the author of three books; her award winning 1993 autobiography Never Forget; Transforming America: From the Inside Out (1995); and a third book on the subject of marriage What I Wish I Had Known Before I Got Married (2001). Most importantly, Kay Coles James is the wife of Charles E. James, Sr. and the proud mother of three children and grandmother to three grandchildren.

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