JAMES M. CAWLEY
Senior Vice President,
As Senior Vice President of Security for the National Basketball Association, James Cawley oversees all aspects of league security domestically and internationally, including the protection of NBA players, fans, teams, employees, and facilities. Since joining the NBA in 2010, Cawley has supported the business of the NBA as the security coordinator for NBA All-Star 2011 in Los Angeles, All-Star 2012 in Orlando, and USA Basketball in London for the 2012 Olympics. Future special projects will include 2013 NBA All-Star in Houston.
Prior to this, Cawley spent three years at Goldman Sachs, coordinating all aspects of physical security for the company’s New York headquarters and its other buildings throughout the U.S. He also played a key role in business continuity planning and crisis management, creating a mechanism within the company’s Office of Global Security to assess security challenges and to apply appropriate security measures to executives, employees, events, and the firm’s physical assets throughout the North and South American region.
After a career with the United States Secret Service that began in New York and featured 10 years (four assignments) in Washington D.C., Cawley returned to New York and retired in 2007 as the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office. During his tenure, Cawley oversaw large-scale protective events, transnational criminal investigations, and complex organizational restructuring. He directed security planning for the United Nations General Assembly from 2004 to 2006 and the Republican National Convention in 2004.
As Deputy Special Agent in Charge of the Secret Service’s Dignitary Protective Division in Washington, D.C., Cawley coordinated protection for, among other events, the G8 Summit in Sea Island, Ga. and President George W. Bush’s 2003 Thanksgiving Day visit to Baghdad. During the mid-1990s, Cawley spent five years as a member of the Presidential Protective Division, three of which were with the Counter Assault Team. Cawley spent three years training agents at the J.J. Rowley Training Center and two years in the Baltimore Field Office supervising the daily protective and investigative operation.
Cawley is a member of the Association of Former Agents of USSS, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Advisory Board of the National Center for Sports Safety and Security, Executive Committee Member of OSAC, and a member of the CSO Committee of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. He holds a bachelor’s in economics from Bucknell University.