James Davis

Senior Policy Advisor


A proven and effective leader in law enforcement, Jim Davis has nearly 30 years of criminal investigative, intelligence and homeland security experience at both the state and federal level.

As a senior policy advisor with Bose Public Affairs Group, Jim works closely with the strategic communications and strategic business services teams where he advises clients on risk management, crisis communications, and reputation management to ensure companies are prepared to handle an unexpected event. Jim also combines his investigative skills, years in law enforcement and a degree in public accounting for independent investigations for corporations and municipalities, either in response to agency inquiries, internal concerns or litigation.  He also guides companies through best practices for interactions with law enforcement and governmental agencies in reporting data breaches. Drawing upon his experience working abroad, Jim advises executives on conducting business and maintaining personal safety in volatile areas of the world.

Prior to joining Bose Public Affairs Group, Jim served as executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety. In addition, Jim was a member of the cabinet of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and served as homeland security advisor and criminal justice policy advisor to the Governor. He continues to serve as the security representative in Denver for the National Football League.

Jim led a department of more than 1,600 sworn and civilian employees and was responsible for the safety and security of those who live and play in Colorado. He led the state response to an unprecedented 13 Presidential Disaster Declarations over a three-year period.

Before working for Governor Hickenlooper, Jim retired after serving 26 years in the FBI. His last assignment was as Special Agent in Charge of the Denver Division where Jim was responsible for all investigative and intelligence operations for the FBI in Colorado and Wyoming.

Previously, he served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Indianapolis Division. His career highlights include overseeing the only successful domestic investigation and disruption of an al-Qaeda terrorist plot; serving as the senior federal law enforcement official for the 2008 Democratic National Convention; directing a four-year undercover operation that resulted in the conviction of more than two dozen public officials and organized crime figures in Chicago and 10 years of service as a SWAT operator.

Also during his time in the FBI, Jim served a total of nearly two years in Iraq and Afghanistan, working with the Department of Defense, Joint Special Operations Command and the U.S. State Department in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism. He personally led the FBI team responsible for the initial processing of Saddam Hussein after his capture in December 2003.

Appointments / Memberships

Jim has served on numerous boards and commissions on both the state and national level. He was the chair of the National Governors Association – Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council, the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, and the Colorado Homeland Security and All-Hazards Senior Advisory Committee. He was a member of the US Criminal Intelligence Coordination Council, the International Association of Chiefs of Police Committee on Terrorism and the Governor’s Expert Emergency Epidemic Response Committee. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Mizel Institute in Denver, the board of directors of the Denver Police Foundation and as a commissioner on the Colorado Lottery Commission.