Managing Director, External Affairs
Jim Hock serves as Managing Director, External Affairs to PSP Partners, where he works on business development, marketing, network support, and public affairs. Prior to joining PSP Partners, Hock served in the Obama Administration as Chief of Staff to Secretary Penny Pritzker at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He also served as Senior Advisor and Director of Public Affairs at the Department. In these roles, Hock was instrumental in the management of the agency, creating and framing the Department’s “Open for Business Agenda” and serving as the Department’s key liaison to the White House and other federal agencies and stakeholders.
Prior to that, Hock founded 463 Communications (now called VRGE), a communications agency for technology and clean energy firms within the Next 15 family of companies. Before launching 463, Hock served as spokesman and advisor to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. He also serves on the advisory boards for the McCourt School at Georgetown University, the Mobility Innovation District, and the Mixing Board, a network of leading marketing and communications executives. Hock is also the author of the book Hollywood’s Team and served as a Jesuit Volunteer high school teacher in Los Angeles. Hock has a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University.