James George Jatras

Specialization: Media and government relations
Location: USA
Activity: Political scientist, Analyst

James George Jatras is a media and government relations specialist with extensive experience in international relations, government affairs, and legislative politics. Before entering the private sector he served for many years (1985-2002) as a policy adviser and analyst for the Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate; before that (1979-1985), he was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer with the US Department of State, with service in Mexico and in Soviet affairs and public diplomacy. Since entering the private sector in 2002, Jatras’s work has spanned a range of legislative and political issues and international affairs, including matters related to foreign policy, international security, human rights, public diplomacy, immigration, international trade and finance, and the global terror risk environment, as well as domestic issues. His international experience includes work relevant to Belgium, Canada, China, Cuba, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Syria, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, the UK, and Yemen. He has also advocated in the legislative process in diverse areas such as appropriations, healthcare, tax, energy (including renewable), pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, immigration, security services, transportation, bioterrorism, and criminal defense. Jatras is a frequent speaker, panelist and seminar participant on numerous topics. He has made numerous media appearances and is a frequent contributor to print and online publications, both in the United States and abroad. He holds a J.D. from Georgetown (1978) and a BA from Penn State (1974). He is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar and the Pennsylvania and District of Columbia bars. Jatras is married, with two grown daughters and three grandchildren.