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Federal agency administrator , think-tank executive

Kay Coles James, American think-tank executive, former federal agency administrator. Recipient Distinguished Fed Service award, National Association Hispanic Federal Executives, 2004, Publius award for Public Service, University Virginia, Spirit of Democracy award for Public Policy Leadership, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.


James, Kay Coles was born on June 1, 1949 in Portsmouth, Virginia, United States. Daughter of Susie Armistead Coles.


Bachelor of Science, Hampton Institute, Virginia, 1971. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Pepperdine University.


Traffic service advisor C&P Telephone, Roanoke, Virginia, 1971-1972, group supervisor, 1973, force manager, 1974. Conference coordinator development disabilities project State of Virginia, Richmond, 1978-1979. Assistant to housing coordinator Housing Opportunities Made Equal, 1980-1981, director community education & development, 1981-1983.

Personnel director Circuit City Stores, Beltsville, Maryland, 1983-1985. Director public affairs National Right to Life Committee, Washington, 1985-1988. Assistant secretary for public affairs United States Department Health & Human Services, 1989—1990.

Associate director Office National Drug Control Policy, 1991—1993. Senior vice president Family Research Council, 1993—1994. Secretary Virginia Department Health & Human Resources, Richmond, Virginia, 1994—1996.

Dean Robertson School Government Regent University, Virginia Beach, 1996—1999. Senior fellow Citizenship Project The Heritage Foundation, Washington, 1999—2001. Director United States Office Personnel Management, 2001—2005.

Senior executive vice president Athena Innovative Solutions, Inc., since 2005. President, founder Gloucester Institute, Gloucester, Virginia, since 2008. President Black Americans for Life, Washington, District of Columbia, 1985-1988.

Member White House Committee on Children, Washington, District of Columbia, 1988, White House Task Force on Blacks, Washington, District of Columbia, 1988, National Coalition on Pro-Family Issues, Washington, District of Columbia, 1988. Co-founder National Family Institute, Washington, District of Columbia, 1987. Chair, National Gambling Impact Study Committee, 1999-2001.

Board directors Amerigroup Corporation, 1999-2001, since 2005, The PNC Financial Services Group Inc., since 2006.


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  • Other Work

    • Contributor numerous articles to journals and newspapers. Author: Never Forget, 1993, Transforming America From the Inside Out, 1995, What I Wish I'd Known Before I Got Married, 2001.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: tennis, jogging, reading, water polo.


Married Charles Everett James. Children: Charles Junior, Elizabeth, Robert III.

Susie Armistead Coles James

Charles Everett James

Charles Junior James

Elizabeth James

Robert III James