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“Because he has almost 30 years of management experience, it is like having another executive director working along side me on each any every project. Jim is the perfect executive coach and problem solver.”

Steven Cook,
Executive Director of the Arc Mercer, Inc.


Bio
James Davy is a facilitator and executive management consultant who expertly assists governmental, business and not for profit organizations become stronger, more effective and productive. With nearly thirty years of executive level experience leading small, medium and large, complex organizations, he easily and quickly grasps the challenges and tough problems faced by leaders of organizations. Jim uses this high level of executive knowledge and understanding coupled with innovative facilitation skills and techniques to find creative and sustainable solutions to problems.

Throughout his career Jim used positive, strength based and innovative management strategies to lead organizations for productive results. Highlights of his career include:

  • For twenty five years Jim led local governments as a city manager.
  • Was appointed by the Governor of the State of New Jersey to provide a focused, strategic management approach to leading the operations of state government.
  • Was asked by the Governor to take on the challenge of what some referred to as: “The toughest job in state government” – leading the New Jersey Department of Human Services, an agency comprising twelve divisions, 25,000 employees and a budget of nearly $10-billion and confronting some of the most complex and difficult problems facing society.

As commissioner of the Department of Human Services Jim introduced such innovative and cutting-edge tools as Appreciative Inquiry” and “Open Space Technology” to promote and foster collaborative, inclusive approaches to planning and implementation. His innovative facilitated planning strategies coupled with his expertise in community engagement and outreach actively brought internal departmental professionals together with community groups and stakeholders to develop collaborative action plans to solve tough, complex problems

As a consultant, Jim has assisted clients in the private, public and not for profit sectors achieve positive bottom line results through organizational performance improvement through strategic planning, team building, reorganizing business operations and systems, training and development and executive coaching. 

Jim holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Public and International Affairs of Syracuse University and a Bachelors degree from Thiel College. He has served as an adjunct instructor at Seton Hall University and with the Center for Training and Development of Mercer County Community College. Jim also holds a Certificate in Labor Management from Rutgers University.