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My passion is leadership. In the 21st century, as never before, leadership means service. My service includes the public, private, not-for-profit, and military sectors, in the US and in other nations. As an independent entrepreneur, I strive continually to learn and grow and increase the value and impact of my service.

My work and life is informed by dedication to bring together the best in practice and in thought. Though each aspect is necessary, neither is sufficient. It is the combination that can create extraordinary performance and value. 

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James Strock Biography

James Strock is an entrepreneur, professional speaker, and citizen servant.  He founded Serve to Lead, Inc., in 1997.


Mr. Strock is dedicated to serving organizations and teams and individuals, helping them achieve create extraordinary value for an ever-expanding number of stakeholders.

He has served in a wide range of roles, from chief executive to board member to consultant; from starting up and turning around businesses and public agencies; to serving as an author and speaker, adviser and mentor. He is skilled at assembling and managing project teams, including diverse disciplines in dispersed locations.

His service spans the public, private, not-for-profit sectors, as well as the military. Among the sectors and functions he has served, are: finance, manufacturing, transportation, technology, defense, aerospace, health care, real estate, chemicals, management, communications, crisis communications, marketing, sales, environmental safety and health, remediation, clean tech, sustainability, energy, professional services, and medical cannabis.

Professional Speaker

James Strock is a recognized authority and renowned speaker on 21st century leadership, management, and communication. He also presents seminars, and facilitates company and firm meetings and retreats, and serves as an emcee.

Mr. Strock has written three business bestsellers.

Serve to Lead: Your Transformational 21st Century Leadership System has been praised as “the essential guidebook for 21st century leadership.”

Reagan on Leadership: Executive Lessons from the Great Communicator was published in a commemorative edition for the Reagan Centennial. With a new foreword by Tom Peters, and a new readers’ note, Reagan on Leadership brings the timeless lessons of one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century into a new era.

Mr. Strock is also the author of Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership, which the late Colonel David Hackworth declared “a masterpiece.”

Each book is widely used in business and not-for profit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies and the military.

Citizen Servant

In addition to extensive business experience, he has served at high levels of government. From 1991-97 Mr. Strock served in Governor Pete Wilson’s cabinet as California’s founding Secretary for Environmental Protection. Following confirmation by the state senate, he led the Cal/EPA, comprising 4000 employees, achieving worldwide environmental, energy and economic impact. During this time he also served on the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee to the U.S. Trade Representative.

In 1989, President George H.W. Bush appointed, and the U.S. Senate confirmed Mr. Strock to serve as Assistant Administrator for Enforcement (chief law enforcement officer) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He led a major expansion and turn-around of the organization, while driving civil and criminal enforcement to record levels.

Mr. Strock served as general counsel and acting director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (the federal government’s human resources agency), member of the California State Personnel Board, special counsel to the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, and was a lawyer in private practice.

He serves on the board of CVR Energy (NYSE: CVI), and is a trustee of the Theodore Roosevelt Association. From 2010-12 he served as co-chair of the Arizona Governor’s Solar Energy Advisory Task Force.

Mr. Strock is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Authors Guild.

Mr. Strock was educated at public and private schools in Austin, Texas, and New Orleans, Louisiana, and holds degrees from Harvard College (A.B., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Charles Joseph Bonaparte Scholarship) and Harvard Law School (J.D.). During law school he served as a teaching fellow for Professor Richard Neustadt’s course on presidential leadership. He subsequently studied literature for a year at New College, Oxford, on a Rotary Scholarship. In 1985 he received the Ross Essay Prize of the American Bar Association. He served to captain in the USAR-JAGC. Political Affiliation: Independent.


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