James D. Shields

James D. Shields
Trustee since 2015

Mr. James D. Shields was elected to the Riverside Research Board of Trustees in April 2015. Having accumulated over 25 years of executive leadership experience with technology-based businesses supporting both Department of Defense and commercial customers, Mr. Shields specializes in strategic planning, business development, and growth.

Mr. Shields is the former president and chief executive officer of Draper Laboratory, a leading not-for-profit resource for guidance, navigation, and control technology. In his 13-year tenure at Draper Laboratory, he created programs and established efforts to broaden the sponsor base through focusing the application of Draper capabilities on new problems in biomedical, energy, and intelligence systems to complement the Laboratory’s traditional national security and space efforts. Prior to his time at Draper Laboratory, Mr. Shields spent 29 years with The Analytic Sciences Corporation, where he held several director-level positions and spent thirteen years as Vice President.

Presently, Mr. Shields also serves on the Alumni Advisory Council for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) Engineering Systems Division and is a director of Passport Systems and Aerodyne Research. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Mr. Shields earned both his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT. He has also completed several leadership development programs for senior executives offered by the Harvard Business School.