Jordon Sims

Strategic Advisor, Project Management Institute (PMI)®

Leading in a Disruptive Age

How can a leader in today’s organization get the right mix across teams, leadership, and the culture that binds them together? This session will cover the latest trends in what drives teams, the disconnects between leaders and their teams, and considerations for building a winning project culture that drives value to both the customer and organization across factors of people, process, and technology.

The Four Pillars of PMIAA

Harnessing PM Fundamentals to Transform Public Sector Delivery. The Program Management Improvement & Accountability Act (PMIAA) leverages project management fundamentals to transform the public sector’s ability to deliver value to its customers. This session will cover the core areas of PMIAA that the US government has codified across standards, executive sponsorship, knowledge transfer, and career paths that has now become benchmark for governments globally. This effort is driving the US federal government’s ability to deliver on key aspects of its management strategy, and it is also a first step towards transforming its capability to drive a focus on customer satisfaction, no different than industry, via reliable project and program delivery. As a catalyst for professionalizing and formalizing PM talent and overall capacity, this session will also include examples from around the globe of how the public sector is rising to meet these challenges.


Jordon has served in a wide variety of roles across industry and government, specifically where the two sectors intersect. Jordon served as a nuclear trained submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. In this capacity, he held several unique positions as foreign liaison to the Chief of Naval Operations, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of Defense. He also was selected as a Defense Legislative Fellow, serving as a defense advisor on the personal staff of a senior Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, handling all aspects of both the State and Defense Department resourcing process. Jordon’s variety of assignments also included work as the Special Assistant to the Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion (Naval Reactors), in a dual-hatted Department of Defense and Department of Energy role, responsible for all aspects of governmental affairs for nuclear propulsion and related programs.

Building upon his work with the defense and energy industrial base, Jordon has led global corporate and government relations teams and initiatives across a variety of markets and jurisdictions in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Australia, U.K., E.U., India, and China. His work has spanned the technology, energy, financial services, defense, pharma, healthcare, and infrastructure sectors in both government policy and business strategy development and execution. He has provided global perspectives as a contributor to the World Economic Forum regional business working groups for developing economies in the areas of long term investment planning and infrastructure development. In addition to this work, he has also served in leadership roles for executive and board advisement in large global non-profit organizations.

Jordon has volunteered time for local youth sports in Maryland, remains involved in an advisory role for the Governor of Maryland’s finance committee and campaign efforts, and is a guest lecturer for Columbia University’s Information and Knowledge Strategy Program.

Jordon has a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Economics from the U.S. Naval Academy, and a Master of Engineering Management (M.E.M.) from Old Dominion University.