James W. Dyke, Jr.
James W. Dyke, Jr. is senior advisor of state government relations at McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC. His broad practice covers corporate, legislative, education, governmental relations, and municipal law. He is well respected for his experience in working with all components of the community across political party lines. He has established relationships working with numerous local, state, and federal officials, educators and business leaders throughout the Washington region.
He previously served as Virginia’s Secretary of Education under former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, and as domestic policy advisor to former Vice President Walter Mondale. Mr. Dyke has also been a chairman of the Greater Washington Board Trade, where he served as co-chair of the Joint Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Governance Review Task Force. He was subsequently appointed by Virginia Governor McDonnell to be the Commonwealth’s representative on the WMATA Board of Directors, where he served for three years and chaired the Governance Committee. He was then appointed by Governor McAuliffe as an at-large member of the Commonwealth Transportation Board, which regulates and funds transportation in Virginia. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Washington Gas Holding where he serves on the Human Resources and Governance Committees.
Mr. Dyke is an active leader in the Northern Virginia business community, having served as chairman of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce; chairman of the Northern Virginia Business Roundtable; president of the Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation; and chairman of the Emerging Business Forum. He has served on various commissions and committees including, the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV); the Commission to Restructure Virginia's Tax Structure; the board of directors of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce; the board of directors for the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education; the Governor’s Commission on Economic Development and Job Creation (VA); the Governor’s Independent Bipartisan Advisory Commission on Redistricting (VA); and as chairman of the board of trustees of the University of the District of Columbia.
He was included in Washingtonian's list of "150 Most Powerful People" in the Washington region. He was also named to the “Power 100” by the Washington Business Journal. He has been named three times by Virginia Business Magazine as one of the “50 Most Influential Virginians.” He was named by Washington Business Journal as the “Best Networker” in the region and as a “Minority Business Leader” Honoree. He won the J. Michael Brown award from DuPont for his accomplishments in diversity, recruiting, and mentoring in the legal profession, and he was also honored with the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce "Lifetime Achievement Award." Additionally, he has received numerous awards and certificates related to education, government and community service.
Mr. Dyke served on the Meyer Foundation board from 2009-2012.