Jim Lamb’s passion is helping those in need. He has provided volunteer counsel to over 25 organizations over the last decade including the INOVA Kellar Center for Children, the Northern Virginia Family Service, the Fairfax County Public Library Foundation, Kent Garden’s Elementary School, Rainbow Therapeutic Riding, the Commonwealth Academy for Children with Special Needs, and the School for Religious Studies of the Catholic University of America.
Jim also serves and has served on the board of a variety of regional organizations including the Carpenter’s Shelter Homeless Shelter, the Fairfax County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Abused Children, the Business Advisory Board of The Angel’s Network, the Executive Committee of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Washington Board of Trade’s Virginia PAC.
Along with business legends Mario Morino and Lyles Carr, Jim was selected in 2009 by Greater DC Cares as one of the 20 most powerful “Agents of Change” for the entire Washington Metropolitan area. That same year, Jim was appointed by Governor-elect Robert McDonnell of Virginia to serve as the Director of the 2010 Inauguration of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In that capacity, Jim served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Inauguration and directed over 37 events across the Commonwealth including the Official Swearing-In Ceremony of the incoming Governor. Jim’s passion throughout the Inaugural week was to showcase the volunteer talent of citizens and community charities across Virginia. The 2010 Inauguration established a record for financial support provided directly to non-profits with nearly $250,000 given through both cash and tangible goods.
In 2003, Jim was appointed by Monsignor Ronald Jameson of the Diocese of Washington to serve as the Chairman of the St. Matthews Cathedral Restoration Celebration, a year-long effort that capped the $8 million restoration of Washington’s cathedral that was first constructed in 1860. In this volunteer capacity, Jim created the concepts and plans for the Celebration and managed and oversaw 600 talented staff members and volunteers who worked across Washington to execute concerts, events, and a celebratory mass that included world dignitaries, the national and international media, local community leaders and thousands of ordinary citizens.
Since 2004, as a volunteer, Jim has directly raised over $600,000 for five charities in our community – four in Virginia and one in DC.
As a company, Commonwealth Consultants play a leading role in assisting those in need in the region through its Foundation, which was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of the 10 Most Generous Corporate Contributors based on annual revenues.
The centerpiece of the Foundation’s efforts is the The James and Joan Lamb Scholarship, named in honor of Jim’s parents. These college scholarships recognize “the Lamb’s strong belief that a sound education provides an individual with the best chance for personal and spiritual fulfillment and economic prosperity.” James and Joan Lamb both came from working-class backgrounds, yet throughout their lives they provided unique moral leadership to their family, friends and their northern Virginia community. The scholarship program enables economically disadvantaged youth to attend the four-year university program at George Mason University. Since 2003, Commonwealth Consultants has awarded seven scholarships to deserving students from across the country.
Jim Lamb is a life-long resident of our Washington community and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the College of William and Mary.