James Nussle was appointed as a Director in 2013. He is president of The Nussle Group, a public policy and strategic consulting company. From 2007 to 2009, Nussle served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, where he developed and implemented the President’s budget, fiscal and regulatory policy. He was an advisor to President Bush as a member of the National Economic Council, National Security Council, Homeland Security Council and National Domestic Policy Council. Prior to his years in the Bush Administration, Nussle served in the U.S. House of Representatives as a congressman from Iowa for 16 years. During that time, he was elected to three two-year terms as chairman of the House Budget Committee. He also has served on the House Ways and Means, Banking and Agriculture Committees. Following completion of a Juris Doctorate degree from Drake Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, Nussle was a prosecuting attorney in Iowa, where he also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Nussle continues to serve on the board of Thrivent Mutual Funds, and as an advisory board member to Avista Capital Partners and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, U.S. programs. He is also a steering committee member of The Fix the Debt Coalition and on the boards of The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and The National Down Syndrome Society. He was a member of the board and then president of Growth Energy, the largest renewable energy trade association.