James W. Dyke, Jr. Sr. Advisor, State Government Relations, McGuireWoods Consulting LLC

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Jim’s broad practice covers corporate, legislative, education, governmental relations, economic development and municipal law. He previously served as Virginia’s Secretary of Education under former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, and as domestic policy advisor to former Vice President Walter Mondale.

Jim has established a significant regional presence in the business,
education and government arenas. He is well respected for his experience in
working with all components of the community and with both political
parties, having been appointed to numerous important positions by Democrats
and Republicans. He has established a network of contacts that assist him
in handling complex and sensitive matters throughout Virginia, Maryland and
the District of Columbia. His network includes numerous local, state and
federal officials, educators and business leaders, especially in the
Washington region.

He was included in Washingtonian magazine’s list of “150 Most
Powerful People” in the Washington region. He was also named to the “Power
100” by the Washington Business Journal. He has also been named eight times by Virginia Business Magazine as one of the “50 Most
Influential Virginians.” He was named by Washington Business Journal as the “Best Networker” in the region
and as a Minority Business Leader Honoree. He won the J. Michael Brown
award from DuPont for his accomplishments in diversity, recruiting and
mentoring in the legal profession and he received the Northern Virginia
Chamber of Commerce “Lifetime Achievement Award.” In addition, he has
received numerous awards and certificates related to education, government
and community service.

He was elected chairman of the Greater Washington Board of Trade for 2010.
The Board of Trade is the largest regional business organization in the
Washington, D.C., area, advocating for the business community in Virginia,
the District of Columbia and Maryland. During his term, he was co-chair of
the Joint Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) Governance
Review Task Force. He was subsequently appointed by Virginia Governor
McDonnell to be the Commonwealth’s representative on the WMATA Board of
Directors where he served for three years and chaired the Governance
Committee. He was then appointed by Governor McAuliffe as an At Large
Member to the Commonwealth Transportation board which regulates and funds
transportation in Virginia. He was then appointed to the State Go Virginia
Board and the Virginia Research Investment Committee (VRIC) as well as the
Transportation Service Delivery Advisory Committee (TSDAC). He was
appointed by Governor Northam to the Board of Visitors for Norfolk State
University. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Washington Gas

He is an active leader in the Northern Virginia business community having
served as chairman of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce; chairman of
the Northern Virginia Business Roundtable; president of the Northern
Virginia Community College Educational Foundation; and chairman of the
Emerging Business Forum, an organization focused on enhancing minority and
women entrepreneurs in business.

He has served or is serving on various commissions and committees including
the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV), the Commission
to Restructure Virginia’s Tax Structure, the Board of Directors of the
Maryland Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors for the Virginia
Foundation for Community College Education, Chairman of the Compensation
Board, the Governor’s Commission on Economic Development and Job Creation
(VA), the Governor’s Independent Bipartisan Advisory Commission on
Redistricting (VA), and as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the
University of the District of Columbia.

Jim has made hundreds of speeches nationally and locally on education,
business, government and political issues, and has been interviewed on
numerous television, radio and news programs. He has also been quoted
extensively in a wide range of newspapers and other publications. Jim has
taught classes on legal writing and business units at Howard University
School of Law and “Government, Politics and the Law” at the University of
Virginia Law School, as well as classes on other topics through a variety
of organizations including the Virginia Municipal League, the National
Organization of Legal Problems in Education, the Virginia Association of
Secondary Principals, the Virginia Association of School
Superintendents and West Point Military Academy.

Jim graduated with honors from Howard University (including first in his Army ROTC class) and the Howard University
School of Law and has earned honorary degrees from the University of
Richmond, Virginia State University, St. Paul’s College, Randolph Macon
College, Marymount University and Northern Virginia Community College. He served as law clerk to
the Honorable Spottswood W. Robinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for
the District of Columbia.

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