James B. Skinner is the Chief of Staff at American Global Strategies LLC, where he provides support to the firm’s leadership and day-to-day execution of key operations.
Prior to joining American Global Strategies LLC, Skinner served as Special Assistant to the United States National Security Advisor, Ambassador Robert C. O’Brien. In this capacity, Skinner ensured O’Brien’s preparedness for daily engagements with domestic and foreign counterparts, including providing direct operational and logistic support on Presidential Missions to the Middle East, Asia, Europe, South America, the Indo-Pacific, and across the United States.
Skinner worked closely with the White House Situation Room to review and prioritize national security documents, intelligence reports, and other sensitive communications to manage the flow of information to the National Security Advisor, Deputy National Security Advisor, and Chief of Staff of the National Security Council.
Skinner previously served at the United States Department of Defense as Policy Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counternarcotics & Global Threats, where he focused on counter threat finance and transnational organized crime in the Indo-Pacific, Middle East, and North Africa. He oversaw issues of human, narcotics, and weapons trafficking, along with money laundering and intellectual property theft across those regions.
Skinner was concurrently appointed to the Counterterrorism Interagency Finance Cell and Iran Finance Fusion Cell at the Pentagon.
Earlier, Skinner held positions at the Department of Defense as an Advisor and Portfolio Manager in the White House Liaison Office, managing the personnel and hiring decisions of eight organizations consisting of over 150 professionals. Prior to this role, Skinner served as a Defense Fellow in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Skinner holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, cum laude, from the University of Missouri.