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Sharon James

Director, Diplomatic Security Contracts Division, Office of Acquisitions Management, U.S. Department of State

Sharon James is the Director of the Diplomatic Security Contracts Division in the Office of Acquisitions Management at the US Department of State. This this role, she supports the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s mission to provide a safe and secure environment for the conduct of US foreign policy around the world. She is a level III certified contracting professional at the State Department and has unlimited contracting authority. She began her career at the US Department of State in 1993 while serving at the US mission in Ankara, Turkey. During her more than 25 year government career, she has served US embassies in Burma, Turkey, Korea, Abidjan, and Chad. Additionally, she served as Management Officer to the US Mission in N’Djamena, Chad, between 2005–2007 and spearheaded the evacuation of the mission personnel during a rebel attack. She received recognition as the runner-up to the recipient of the Department’s Award for Management Excellence. In 2000, she joined the acquisition workforce within the Bureau of Administration’s Office of Acquisition Management. She was General Service Officer to the US mission in Abidjan from 1995-1997. She holds a masters in Management Studies and certification in Government Contracting at the University of Maryland, University College.