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James Williams

Venture Partner, Technology

James Williams is a Venture Partner in the Technology Group of RIDGE-LANE Limited Partners. 

He has over 37 plus years of successful public and private sector experience, over 18 at the federal senior executive level, leading major program and acquisition organizations.  Mr. Williams’ other leadership roles include Co-Chair of the Partnership for Public Service’s Chief Acquisition Officer’s Council; ACT-IAC Industry Chair; TechAmerica Homeland Security Committee Chair; Strategic Advisor to the Government Services and Technology Coalition; and he serves on the VA’s Acquisition Academy Advisory Board. He is also a Mentor under two Mentoring Programs.

He was the Acting Administrator of GSA, appointed by President George W. Bush, and the first GSA Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner.  Mr. Williams was also the first Director of DHS’s US-VISIT Program, the program that was successfully implemented at DHS to track the entry of foreign visitors with biometrics after 9/11, initiated by Secretary Ridge. Earlier, Mr.  Williams was the leader of the IRS Procurement organization and was asked by Commissioner Charles Rossotti to lead Program Management for IRS's then-troubled Modernization Program. He served on the original 4-Person Procurement Team for Vice President Al Gore’s Reinventing Government Program in 1993 and made the recommendation to better emphasize best value in federal procurement.

He has received numerous awards, including: two Presidential Rank Awards; four FED100 Awards; Civilian Government Executive of the Year by Government Computer News; Service to America Finalist; Founder’s Award, National Business Travel Association; Professional Services Council’s Marc S. Ross Award; Admiral in the Texas Navy; Public Sector Partner of the Year, the Greater Washington Contractor Awards; Government Technology and Services Coalition’s 2014 Market Maven of the Year Award; and 2010 American Council for Technology John J. Franke Award. He has an MBA from The George Washington University and a B.S. in Business from Virginia Commonwealth University.