Chief Human Capital Officer, Director of the Office of Human Resources
James McNamara was named the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Chief Human Capital Officer and the Director of the Office of Human Resources in February 2019. He previously served as Acting Chief Human Capital Officer, and prior to that, was the Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer since July 2014.
As Chief Human Capital Officer, Mr. McNamara leads the strategic management of the agency’s human capital programs and policies, in areas including recruitment, staffing, retention, position management and classification, compensation and benefits, leadership and employee development, performance management, total rewards, labor relations, and work/life programs.
Prior to joining the Office of Human Resources, Mr. McNamara was the Managing Executive for the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets. He earlier served as Assistant Director for Planning and Budget; Budget Officer; and Branch Chief for Budget Formulation and Performance Management, all in the agency’s Office of Financial Management. He began his SEC service as a manager in the Division of Trading and Markets.
Mr. McNamara began his federal career at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he held positions in human resources management and budget formulation in the Department's Civil Division.
Mr. McNamara received his Bachelor’s degree from Brown University.