Mr. James Cook

Vice President, Strategic Engagement and Partnerships

James Cook is vice president for Strategic Engagement and Partnerships at The MITRE Corporation. In this role, he leads our strategic corporate partnership interactions with the federal government and promotes development of new business opportunities across the federal, state, and municipal space. 

Previously, Cook was vice president and director of the Center for Enterprise Modernization (CEM). CEM is the federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service, and co-sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs. In that capacity, Cook led MITRE's support of modernization efforts for civilian government agencies. He has established and actively contributed to partnerships with government and private sector organizations focused on Innovation; government effectiveness; and the Presidential Transition.

With MITRE since 2004, Cook served for four years as CEM’s executive director for public sector revenue and finance. He partnered with the IRS to develop a strategy to modernize IT and business functions.

Cook has more than 30 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. He has spent much of his career helping to advance improvements in civilian agency performance and acquisition reform. Cook 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

In 1997, 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. In 2014, he again received a “FED 100” award for his efforts to harness innovation to help federal agencies transform their missions.

He received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Maryland.