James D. Shields

Chair of the Board

Mr. James D. Shields was elected to the Riverside Research Board of Trustees in April 2015. Having accumulated over 25 years of executive leadership experience with technology-based businesses supporting both Department of Defense and commercial customers, Mr. Shields specializes in strategic planning, business development, and growth.

James D. Shields - Chair of the Board

Mr. Shields is the former president and chief executive officer of Draper Laboratory, a leading not-for-profit resource for guidance, navigation, and control technology. In his 13-year tenure at Draper Laboratory, he created programs and established efforts to broaden the sponsor base through focusing the application of Draper capabilities on new problems in biomedical, energy, and intelligence systems to complement the Laboratory’s traditional national security and space efforts. Prior to his time at Draper Laboratory, Mr. Shields spent 29 years with TASC, where he held several director-level positions and spent thirteen years as Vice President.

Presently, Mr. Shields is a director of Aerodyne Research and on the board of advisors for Benchmark Space Systems and Assured Enterprises Inc. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Mr. Shields earned both his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from MIT. He has also completed several leadership development programs for senior executives offered by the Harvard Business School.