Mr. James Cook

Vice President and Director, Center for Enterprise Modernization

Mr. James Cook is vice president and director of The MITRE Corporation's Center for Enterprise Modernization (CEM)—the federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and co-sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In this role, Mr. Cook leads MITRE's support of modernization efforts for the country's civilian government agencies, including the IRS and the U.S. Census Bureau.

With MITRE since 2004, Mr. Cook served for four years as CEM’s executive director for public sector revenue and finance. In this capacity, he partnered with the IRS to develop a strategy to modernize IRS business functions and information technology. He also spearheaded the effort to establish within the IRS the programmatic and technical capabilities for the agency to act as its own systems integrator for new programs. These capabilities are being applied today to successfully deliver major new programs that are transforming the IRS's mission capabilities.

Mr. Cook has 25 years of consulting, systems integration, program management, and organizational change management experience in the public and private sectors.  His private sector experience in banking and financial services, along with nearly two decades of involvement with federal, state, and international tax agencies, fuels his commitment to the mission of CEM—enhancing the fiscal and economic stability of the nation.

Also an advocate for better government, he has spent much of his career helping to advance improvements in civilian agency performance and acquisition reform. He was previously a partner and executive with IBM Business Consulting and a consulting partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he provided thought leadership through the PwC Endowment for the Business of Government, a publication dedicated to improving the management of government.

In 1997, Mr. Cook became one of a handful of people from industry to receive the IRS Commissioner's Award for his leadership in helping modernize the agency's tax administration business processes and systems. In 2007, he received Federal Computer Week's "FED 100" award as one of the top 100 executives in government IT for his leadership role assisting the IRS in setting a new IT direction. 

Recognized for enabling improved organizational performance, Mr. Cook has given presentations to government and industry leaders and participated on panels on capital investment planning and budgeting for IT programs and integration issues facing government chief information officers. He received his bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Maryland.