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James C. Samans


Top Secret/SCI Security Clearance

Jamie has more than 15 years of demonstrated success in cybersecurity, information risk management, systems analysis, and business continuity. He has managed people and projects, worked in public and private-sector environments and holds a commission in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Jamie led XENSHA's adoption of a cooperative plan in 2015 with the mission of creating sustainable jobs while promoting worker ownership.  Two years later, he helped the cooperative become a Certified B Corporation®, formalizing its commitment to having positive impacts on communities, the environment, and society as a whole.  XENSHA formed Co-Local™ in 2017 to pursue this expanded mission.

Passionate about cooperation and the potential of workplace democracy to improve community life, Jamie has a natural affinity for administrative tasks and represents XENSHA in the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives.  He is always looking for opportunities to advance the causes of social enterprise and worker ownership through writing, presentations, participation in panel discussions, and other venues.

Cooperative Experience
Since 2014

Executive Member


  • Responsible for administrative and support tasks including bookkeeping, official filings, coordination of member votes, and selection of strategic relationships.
  • Led technical and adaptive change initiatives through democratic governance.

Project Manager


  • Coordinates schedules and logistics for development, presentation, installation, servicing, and customer service for cooperative advertising.
  • Develops and maintains materials and general business parameters.

Consultant, Risk Management and Business Services

XENSHA Consulting

  • ISACA - Ongoing item writer for certification review materials and subject-matter expert (SME).  CISM Quality Assurance Team (QAT) member.  Projects include:
    • CRISC Review Manual (6th ed.), principle author
      CISM Review Manual (15th ed.), reviewer
      CISM/CRISC Chapter-level and Web-based training, contributor
      CSX Cybersecurity for Auditors Web-based training, contributor
  • Noche Azul Spa - Bookkeeping services and tax preparation.
  • Fannie Mae - Implemented an integrated program for enterprise resiliency.

Technical Writer

Tutor Ring

  • Review and revise academic and college-admissions essays.

Other Professional Experience

Director of Information Systems Security, American Institutes for Research, 2016-Present

  • Lead information risk management and business continuity programs.
  • Administer security awareness program, including workforce training, assessment, and direct-engagement activities.
  • Coordinate internal and third-party assessments, including phishing campaigns, role-based training, and exercises.

Senior Information Security Analyst, TWM Associates, 2006-2014

  • Led field teams of 3-6 analysts on network and system security audits around the world.
  • Designed a comprehensive enterprise resiliency program incorporating information protection, incident response, business continuity, and physical security.
  • Ran the internal training program and developed a new performance review process.
  • Clients included DISA, DLA, DHS OIG, ED OIG, SEC, Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae.

IT Project Lead, Arrowhead Global Solutions, 2003-2005

  • Led 12 people in a nationwide thin-client deployment for DHS.
  • Served as the sales engineer for a multi-level security solution.

Junior Network Administrator, Missa Bay Citrus Company, 2001-2002
  • Administered a local-area network in a combined office/manufacturing environment. 
  • Provided end-user support, implemented backup and recovery procedures, and planned a domain migration.

Senior Help Desk Analyst, Cornerstone Networks, 1999-2001
  • Delivered second-tier technical support via phone for a regional Internet Service Provider.

Military Service

U.S. Air Force Reserve

  • U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, 2017-present
  • Special Operations Command Korea, 2013-2017
  • U.S. Strategic Command, JFCC-ISR, Oct. 2015-Aug. 2016 (Active Tour)
  • 459th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, 2009-2013
  • 512th Mission Support Squadron, 2003-2009

U.S. Army National Guard

  • 1297th Core Support Battalion, 2002-2003
  • 193rd Regional Training Institute, 2000-2002


M.S. Air Warfare (2016)

M.S. Information Assurance (2008)

M.S. Management (2004)

B.A. Computer Science (2003)

B.S. Mathematical Economics (2001)

Graduate Certificates

Joint Warfare (2016)
Healthcare Administration (2009)

Professional Credentials

CISSP | Systems Security Professional

ISSEP | Systems Security Engineer

CISM | Information Security Manager

CISA | Information Systems Auditor

CRISC | Risk and Security Controls

CPP | Physical Security

CIPT | Privacy Technologist

CEH | Ethical Hacker

CBCP | Business Continuity

PMP | Project Management

Tax-Related Qualifiers

PTIN Annual Filing Season Program

  • 18 Hours of Continuing Education
  • IRS-approved Ethics Training
Jamie's record of completion for the IRS 2018 Annual Filing Season Program.

Military Training Courses


Squadron Officer School (2015)
Officer Training School (2009)
NCO Academy (2007)
Airman Leadership School (2005)
Basic Combat Training (2001)


Tactical Communications (2014)
Enterprise Network Operations (2014)
Undergraduate Cyber Training (2013)
Healthcare Administration (2010)

Certified Information Systems Security Professional - Information Systems Security Engineering Specialization
Certified Information Systems Auditor
Certified Information Security Manager
Certified in Risk and Information Systems Controls
Certified Information Privacy Technologist
Certified Protection Professional
Certified Ethical Hacker
Project Management Professional