Memorial Fund Staff
*These members of the staff are not based in Washington, D.C.
Alan Buckelew, Chairman of the Board
Francis (France) Hoang, Treasurer
Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran
West Point graduate and US Army veteran
Gold Star daughter
Volunteer at The Wall
Major General (Dr.), US Air Force
Captain, US Navy (Ret.)
Vietnam Era Veteran
Senior Master Sergeant, US Air Force (Ret.)
Partner, Cicero Group
Colonel, US Army (Ret.)
Gold Star daughter, Army spouse
Military family advocate
Vice President, Hughes Network Systems
Master Volunteer at The Wall
Volunteer at The Wall
Jim Knotts (non-voting member of the Board)
VVMF President and CEO
Air Force Academy graduate
Gulf War Veteran
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITUS
Jan C. Scruggs
Founder and President Emeritus
William F. Murdy
Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army
Chairman, Thayer Hotel and Thayer Leader Development Group
Michael J. Nardotti, Jr.
Major General, US Army (Ret.)
President, JJ Snow, Ltd.
Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Reserve (Ret.)
Harry G. Robinson, III, FAIA, AICP
Former President, TRG International
Professor & Dean Emeritus, Howard University
John O. Woods Jr., P.E.
Chairman Emeritus, Woods Peacock Engineering Consultants
Jim Knotts, President and CEO
Jim Knotts is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), the nonprofit organization that built The Wall in 1982. He is an Air Force veteran of the Persian Gulf War and a graduate of the Air Force Academy.
He now leads the effort at VVMF to honor the service and sacrifices of Vietnam veterans – those who sacrificed all, those who served, and those who waited for the service members to return – as well as those who serve today. Preserving the legacy of service from generation to generation – from Vietnam to the Persian Gulf War, to Iraq and Afghanistan – is Jim’s personal commitment and a part of the ongoing education efforts of VVMF.
Prior to his leadership role at VVMF, Jim served five years as the CEO of Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. During his tenure, the organization grew dramatically in number of people assisted, diversity of programs, and financial support. The organization was chosen to advise the Secretary of Defense on a nonprofit roundtable.
Jim previously worked in industry at Lockheed Martin headquarters, where he was Director of Corporate Citizenship, including philanthropy and community outreach, and Director of Web Communications.
During his almost ten years in the Air Force, his career spanned service in the Persian Gulf War, at the headquarters of U.S. Southern Command, and in the Pentagon on the Office of the Secretary of Defense Staff.
Jim is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy (B.S.), the University of South Carolina (M.M.C.) and Strayer University (M.B.A.).