James Valvo

Chief Policy Counsel

James Valvo is the chief policy counsel at Americans for Prosperity Foundation. In that role, he leads a team of attorneys advocating the organization’s policy interests through an amicus brief program, using regulatory comments, and by conducting government oversight. He is also the executive director of Cause of Action Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to government oversight and combating administrative abuse. His expertise is in administrative law and government transparency. He was a member of the 2016–18 FOIA Advisory Committee at the National Archives representing the interests of the nonprofit requester community.

Mr. Valvo is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bars and has been admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and U.S. district courts. He received his J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science at American University, graduating summa cum laude with honors. He is a 2008 Harry S. Truman Scholar.


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