Kyong “Jim” Nam currently serves as Western Government Affairs Director for PepsiCo,  North America. In this role, he is responsible for state and local relations in Alaska, Idaho,  Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington State, and Wyoming. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Mr. Nam  was a project manager for Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Federal Government Services practice,  where he led operational re-engineering efforts in the U.S. Department of the Navy and at  the Inter-American Development Bank.  

From 2009-2016, Mr. Nam served in the Obama Administration, as a political appointee at  the Department of Defense (DoD). While serving as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the  Navy, he was a member of an interagency group assembled to draft a recovery plan for the  2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In another role, with the Office of the Secretary of  Defense Comptroller, he provided strategic direction and execution of a $700 billion annual  budget, while serving as a liaison for DoD to the Senate and House Appropriations  committees. Mr. Nam concluded his service, as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Joint Office of  Transformational Innovation at the U.S. Air Force. Jim was responsible for communications,  Congressional outreach, and industry innovation. 

Mr. Nam immigrated to the United States as a child, growing up in Portland, Oregon. He is a  graduate of the University of Oregon and is nearing completion of his graduate studies at  the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.  

A dedicated community leader, Mr. Nam serves on the boards of the Asian Pacific American  Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and SOLVE, an environmental non-profit  organization. He also enjoys trying new restaurants in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. 

Pronouns: Prefers to be called Jim