James R. Blades

Managing Director, Contracts and Grants Management

James R. Blades, Managing Director, Contracts and Grants Management (CGM) Division for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), manages the acquisition of goods and services for the Corporation. The Contracts Division has a staff of roughly twenty acquisition professionals that work together to award contracts in direct support of the MCC mission. As Managing Director of CGM, he serves as the Senior Procurement Executive and Head of the Contracting Activity, as well as, the Agency/Organization Program Coordinator for the Charge Card program for the Agency, responsible for all phases of the procurement cycle, providing strategic and operational experience on matters relating to MCC’s procurement programs and operations. 

Mr. Blades has 29 years of procurement experience obtained progressively as a contract specialist then contracting officer then branch and division manager responsible for the procurement/contracting support of a myriad of both simplified acquisitions and major systems at the MCC, and in two other Federal government agencies; the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)(15 years) and prior to that, the DoD, Naval Air Systems Command (10 years). For the past ten years Mr. Blades served as both a branch and division manager at the MCC and in the FAA’s operational contracts division supporting a large number of diverse customer organizations with varying objectives and goals towards the respective Agency mission.

Mr. Blades earned a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree with a concentration in Contracts Management from the Florida Institute of Technology’s Alexandria, Virginia campus and a Liberal Arts (BA) Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University, Boston, MA. He is certified at the DAWIA Level III for Contracting Professionals, and recently earned a certification as a Program Management Professional through PMI.

He resides in Northern Virginia with his wife, and has three children, two whom are off attending State Colleges in Virginia and Pennsylvania.