James Comey led the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama. His tenure was tested by new forces within and outside America’s borders. Inside the FBI, while navigating government shutdowns, he tried to change how the FBI approached leadership, diversity, and cyber threats. Prior to his service at the FBI, Comey worked as a federal prosecutor in New York and Virginia and served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. deputy attorney general in the administration of President George W. Bush. Throughout his career, Comey has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level at a variety of universities and is currently teaching a course on leadership at William and Mary, his alma mater.
On June 11, 2019, ITIF President Robert Atkinson partnered with David Plouffe, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama in the C.D.