JAMES “SPIKE” STEPHENSON
Senior Advisor, Office of the President
GETTING TO KNOW JAMES
Do you have an accomplishment or programmatic result or activity that you are particularly proud of?
I am most proud of contributing to the founding of Creative’s Stabilization & Development Practice Area, in addition to designing the team’s Crowded House project in Afghanistan together with the Special Operations Forces. I’m also very proud of developing and directing Creative’s Leadership Initiative—an exciting and rare professional development opportunity for our staff.
Please tell us about your area(s) of expertise.
I specialize in stabilization and reconstruction in conflict and post-conflict areas, National Security, leadership development and technical writing.
What is it that drew you to the company?
I admired Creative’s reputation for integrity, innovation and expertise, and its reputation for succeeding in the most challenging and dangerous environments.
When you recommend Creative to other people, what are the attributes that you often mention?
Creative is a thought leader and implementer in a narrow field. It invests in its staff, expects the best from them, and creates and encourages a supportive working environment.
Describe the work environment at Creative?
The environment’s professional and demanding of excellent output, but flexible and family-friendly. Creative feels like family and embraces universal values that make coming to work a pleasure every day.
Conflict and Post-Conflict Stabilization and Reconstruction
National Security, Leadership
BA in English Literature, University of South Carolina | JD, University of South Carolina
U.S. Agency for International Development, 1979 – 2005
English and Spanish
Served in Vietnam as a U.S. Army Officer
“Creative is a thought leader and implementer in a narrow field. It invests in its staff, expects the best from them, and creates and encourages a supportive working environment.”