Berkeley Lab’s Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences champions the highly-accomplished research divisions in accelerator technology, engineering, nuclear science, and physics. James Symons received his MA and D.Phil degrees in physics from Oxford University, and began his career at Berkeley Lab in 1977 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Since that time, he has held scientific research and management roles. Prior to his ALD appointment in October 2011, he served as the director of the Nuclear Science Division for nine years. His research interests are in experimental nuclear physics, including nuclear structure and relativistic heavy ion collisions. He was a member of the STAR experiment at the Brookhaven relativistic heavy ion collider from its inception until 2014. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, and has served on numerous national and international panels, including the Department of Energy/ National Science Foundation Nuclear Advisory Committee (NSAC), which he chaired from 2000 – 2002. While NSAC Chair, he led the creation of a national long range plan for nuclear science.