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Executive Director

The State of Connecticut selected James McGennis as its Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS)-CT Governing Board. Mr. McGennis is Senior Leader with a breadth of experience in the following key areas:

• Project Management Office (PMO) creation, operation and sustainment
• Program and portfolio management in private, nonprofit and public sectors, from development, deployment, to ongoing operations
• Development of organizational strategies, gap analysis, ROI and business justifications
• Strategic Planning and deployment
• Team Mentoring and Coaching 
• IT Governance, scope management and change management 
• Large procurement experience

Mr. McGennis joins CJIS-CT as a collaborative, results-oriented leader with a strong record of accomplishment of exceptional project management, delivering on complex initiatives, and cross-functional team leadership. He is a Project Director with a background in multiple sectors including government, nonprofits, aerospace, manufacturing, healthcare, and IT. Significant experience in successfully delivering on projects, growing revenue, increasing customer base, and developing operational capacity for organizations. He specializes in mission-driven work for high reliability mission critical organizations, building reliable and efficient teams with a strong service culture.

Prior to becoming Executive Director of the CJIS-CT Governing Board, Mr. McGennis was Director of the IT Project Management Office for UConn Health. His responsibilities included IT governance, project scoping and business analysis, management and project delivery excellence for caregivers and business offices including revenue cycle, CTO-IT network refresh and security improvements. Prior to that he served as program manager for the enterprise project management office at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and has over 30 year’s experience in roles of increasing responsibility in aerospace and manufacturing sectors, leading multiple new product introduction teams for military, commercial and space programs. He is skilled at navigating widely varying company cultures and organizational structures.

His focus is on improving and sustaining executive relationships and engagement of stakeholders. He leverages a servant leader mindset with engineering and business process management skills to deliver on projects which yield strong benefits for stakeholders. He also brings a record of accomplishment in lean and continuous improvement to drive change and create a learning culture.