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James Hayes - Emerging & Developing Global Executives Program

2019 Bowe Fellows


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James Hayes

Vice President

Tenable Network Security

James Hayes is a recognized government affairs executive with 20 years of public and private sector experience. Known for his strong business acumen, broad legislative expertise, and bipartisan track record, James provides business and industry leaders with strategic counsel to maximize policy, profitability, and visibility opportunities in high-stakes political and economic climates.

James is currently Vice President of Global Government Affairs for Tenable, a fast-growing cyber security provider and emerging industry thought leader. Upon assuming this role in 2017, James established the company’s first-ever government affairs department, recruiting and developing high-performing staff and consultant teams to advance federal, state, and local advocacy efforts. A core focus for James is providing strategic guidance for global business functions with attention to domestic policy developments and foreign market innovations. He also enhances Tenable’s industry presence by integrating policy content into company conferences, executive positioning, and traditional and digital media communications.

James previously worked for EMC Corporation, a Fortune 150 global information technology company eventually acquired by Dell Technologies. As Vice President of Global Government Affairs, he advanced key policy issues while managing a multi-faceted team in operations and business functions for patent, tax, and PAC management as well as civilian and defense agency activities. James also served as Director of Homeland Security at Motorola, where he helped manage a $750 million federal appropriations budget covering programs in homeland security, defense, and international business. In both roles, James leveraged his policy prowess to provide actionable business intelligence and federal budget guidance that safeguarded programs, secured federal funding, and expanded market opportunities.

Prior to joining the private sector in 2007, James gained substantial experience on Capitol Hill in multiple roles with the U.S. Senate. He served as Special Advisor to the President Pro Tempore for four years, and guided the Honorable Ted Stevens on outreach efforts to minority communities. He is especially proud of his role in advancing legislation and initial government funding for the Smithsonian Museum of African American History & Culture. James also worked for the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, where he helped craft the first three appropriations bills to fund the new Department of Homeland Security. He also supported policy issues for multiple subcommittees and performed oversight and budget analysis for federal agencies including the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Coast Guard.

James began his career as a Staff Assistant for a U.S. Senator, where he managed constituent casework and supported engagement with local citizens, leaders, and community groups around domestic and foreign relations issues including education, immigration, military affairs, and economic affairs.

James holds a Juris Doctor from America University Washington, College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Alaska. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Key School, and resides in Annapolis, Maryland, with his family.