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
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.