James C. Leonard III (Jim)
Former Deputy Assistance Secretary for Textiles, Apparel and Consumer Goods Industries, U.S. Department of Commerce
Jamestown, NC

In 2000, Jim Leonard started a consulting business after working for Burlington Industries for over 34 years–20 of those in the international trade area. His most recent position at Burlington was Director of Government Relations.

He Joined Burlington in 1966 as an analyst in the Operations Research Department in Greensboro. He held a number of corporate staff positions including manager of mathematics and computer operations for the Corporate Research Center, analyst in the Economic Analysis Department and eventually manager of that department.

While at Burlington, he served on a number of Industry and government advisory committees. He was a cleared advisor to the government-involving textile bilateral and multilateral trade issues and was involved as an advisor for the NAFTA and the WTO agreements. He participated in the actual negotiations as a part of the Uruguay Round at the request of the US Government.

Jim was named as one of the “Top 10” for service and dedication to the textile industry by Textile World Magazine in its February 2001 issue.

Jim was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) of Commerce, having responsibility for textiles, apparel and consumer goods. He served from March 2002 through September 2006, when he decided to return to NC. In his capacity as DAS for textiles and apparel, Jim chaired the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA), the interagency group that negotiates and implements all textile/apparel trade agreements.

Jim has his undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics from North Carolina University.