About BENS

James Whitaker

Senior Director for Strategic Communications


After four years shaping and executing on an expansive portfolio as a BENS policy director, James today oversees BENS' internal and external messaging as Senior Director for Strategic Communications. James is responsible for propelling member expertise to stakeholders and serves as the organization's principal content manager and media specialist. While serving as a policy director, James managed BENS' projects related to energy security and those aimed at creating greater efficiency within U.S. defense and security agencies. His work included BENS' seminal report on military microgrids and BENS' military compensation series.

James joined BENS from the Truman National Security Project where he oversaw advocacy efforts in the southern region of the U.S., with a particular focus on leading Operation Free – an award-winning campaign discussing the national security implications of U.S. energy policy. James began his career as a campaign field director, and then legislative staffer for U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. While on the Senator's legislative staff, he worked on energy, environment, and trade policy, among others.

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