James Norton is a seasoned strategist, policymaker, and communicator offering expertise in homeland security, cyber security, defense, and public safety.
He is the Founder and President of Play-Action Strategies LLC, a comprehensive government affairs, business development and communications firm helping clients successfully navigate the X’s and O’s of Washington, D.C. to achieve policy outcomes and win business.
He previously served as Vice President of Strategy and Communications for the Mission Systems division of General Dynamics. In this role, James developed and directed the execution of successful business and communication strategies.
James has extensive expertise in matters of homeland security, cyber security and federal legislative policy. He was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Legislative Affairs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under Secretary Michael Chertoff. In this role, he advocated for and advanced President George W. Bush’s homeland security policies and initiatives in the U.S. House of Representatives. He currently serves as a senior advisor at the Chertoff Group.
Prior to his work at the Department of Homeland Security, James served as a Special Assistant to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman and also worked extensively in Massachusetts state and local politics as both a campaign manager and operative.
Since 2008, he has taught graduate level courses on homeland security, cyber security policy, and congressional affairs as an Adjunct Professor in the Johns Hopkins University Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. He frequently comments in the media on cyber, homeland security, and legislation, with opinion pieces appearing in various publications.
James is dedicated to supporting charitable initiatives in the community and currently serves as President of the National Board of Directors of the Shade Foundation. He is also an active supporter of Calvary Women’s Services, former Chairman of the National Board of Advisors for the FBI’s Infragard National Members Alliance, and a member of the National Board of Directors for the Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center.
James holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from Salve Regina University. He received distinguished awards from both the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Homeland Security for his government service. He was honored as one of the Salve Regina’s outstanding alumni in 2010, and he was named volunteer of the year for the Shade Foundation in 2011. He recently was awarded the Good Guy of the Year Award for 2015 by the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus.
May 2, 2016
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