James D. Winslow

James is Senior Director, Government Affairs, of Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (SCOA). In addition to monitoring macroeconomic trends and geopolitical developments, Mr. Winslow is responsible for directing SCOA’s political advocacy efforts at the federal level. In his present role, Mr. Winslow serves as a liaison between Sumitomo Corporation’s global network of offices and the U.S. federal government, international financial institutions, and public policy organizations. Mr. Winslow is a member of the Conference Board’s Government Relations Executive Council; he is an active member of the Global Business Alliance’s Trade, Investment, and Lobbying committees; and he represents SCOA on various National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) task forces. In addition to his work with SCOA, Mr. Winslow is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Rock Creek Foundation for Mental Health, Inc.; the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chester County Respite Network (CCRN); and in 2007, he Co-founded the Salute Military Golf Association (SMGA), an organization devoted to bringing the rehabilitative benefits of the game of golf to post-9/11 wounded and injured veterans; he currently serves as SMGA’s President. Mr. Winslow received his Bachelor's Degree (1987) from The George Washington University, and his Masters of Business Administration (1991) in the area of Finance and Investments from The George Washington University.

July 21, 2023

I have a friend who is a lobbyist for one of the major U.S. airlines. After reading in one of Washington’s political blogs this week that she and her team suffered a few setbacks, not the least of which was failing in an attempt to insert language that would expand the number of flights into Reagan National Airport in the House’s version of the FAA reauthorization bill…

July 14, 2023

One of my first jobs in Washington was as a place holder; I was literally paid to wait in line. A fraternity brother had a job interning for a Capitol Hill lobbying firm, and using a $20/hour lure, he recruited several of us to wait in line in the halls of Congress.

July 7, 2023

As I was driving my son home from my mother’s (his grandmother’s) 80th birthday dinner this week, he brought up something that was weighing on his mind. He said, “You know, dad, it’s hard to square today’s Republicans and Democrats, today’s right and left, with the definitions you’ve always given for what it means to be conservative or liberal.”

June 30, 2023

Have you ever wondered how an administration is able to get party members, staff, campaign surrogates, and media allies all on the same page? In fact, it’s almost eerie how politicians and party supporters can stay on message and use almost identical statistics and attack lines.

June 23, 2023

Besides the shared medium popcorn, no butter, and large Diet Coke, my wife and I have a ritual we go through when attending movies at the theater. We make sure we get there early enough to catch all the previews, and then, based on the trailer alone, rate on a scale from 1 to 5 whether we’ll actually see the full film.

June 16, 2023

Earlier this week, I traveled to Boston; it was my first trip to Beantown since before the pandemic. Although I wasn’t lucky enough to catch a Sox game at Fenway, I did have time to pop into the Boston Tea Party Museum, see the Old North Church, and eat dinner in Little Italy.

June 9, 2023

Earlier this week, the PGA Tour announced that it had reached an agreement with LIV Golf and the DP World Tour to unify and form a larger commercial enterprise. Given the extreme animosity shown among the various factions over the past two years, it was an absolutely shocking announcement that took nearly everyone by surprise, including the game’s biggest stars.

June 2, 2023

If you know me, you know I’m not a coffee drinker. Diet soda is my caffeine delivery vehicle of choice, and there is no better mode of transportation than a large fountain Diet Coke from McDonald’s. Otherwise, whether it’s from a can or bottle, I prefer Diet Pepsi over Diet Coke. Over the years, people have asked me, “Can you really tell the difference between the two?” My answer: “absolutely, without question.”

May 26, 2023

How many times has this happened to you? You’re in a car, and you’re giving the driver directions. You say, “Up ahead, at the next light, take a left.” Just as you do, the driver moves into the right lane, and puts on his right turn signal. Quickly, you correct him, and facetiously say, “No, no, no your other left.”

May 19, 2023

Among the questions I get asked regularly is, “do you meet with Senators and Congresspersons, and, if so, when and where?” The answer: “Yes, sometimes,” and, “well, it all depends.” While meetings with congressional offices during the pandemic were all held virtually, in person meetings resumed earlier this year.