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James M. Crum

Vice President

Throughout his career, Jim Crum has been called on to lead teams responsible for addressing critical issues. As a Vice President at Van Scoyoc Associates, Jim uses his knowledge of complex federal programs and expertise working within federal agencies and on Capitol Hill to give clients the advantage they need to succeed in Washington.

During his federal career, Jim managed all phases in the life cycle of projects, from planning, design, and construction, to operation and execution. Translating that experience to his advocacy work, Jim helps his public and private sector clients identify opportunities, develop engagement strategies, tailor justification materials for the appropriate audience, and then implement an agreed upon strategy to achieve the desired result. As a member of VSA’s Municipal Practice Group, Jim is well versed in many of the issues facing local governments, including Congressional appropriations, federal grant funding, transportation, tax, healthcare, emergency management, water resources, environmental initiatives, and infrastructure projects.

His federal experience includes working with such agencies as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, the Department of Energy, and the Senate and House Appropriations Committees.

Highlights of Jim’s more than two decades of federal service include 18 years with the Corps of Engineers working with local government agencies, developing new national infrastructure protection policies at the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and leading the Army’s Iraq Reconstruction Office in Washington, providing oversight of over 2,000 projects worth more than $12 billion. In each of these roles, Jim worked closely with relevant Congressional offices and Committees, as well as other Federal agency partners, and maintains many of those close working relationships today.

Jim earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Loyola Marymount University and his Master of Science from Stanford University in Water Resources Planning and Management.

Areas of Expertise

  • Budget & Appropriations
  • Community Development
  • Defense
  • Energy & Environment
  • Homeland Security
  • International Affairs
  • Water Resources & Infrastructure

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