James L. Capra


James L. Capra is an author, professional speaker and currently the CEO and Founder of the Front Line Leadership Group located in Argyle, Texas. With his unique experience of over three decades as a warrior and public servant, Mr. Capra shares real world examples and uplifting stories of what it takes to develop outstanding leaders who pursue excellence.

Jimmy, as he is known by his friends and colleagues, retired after 27 ½ years with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Prior to his retirement, Jimmy served as the Chief of Global Operations responsible for 227 domestic offices and 86 foreign offices in 67 countries. He has previously testified before the U.S. Senate and House on a host of national security policies impacting the safety and security of the United States.


He is the author of Leadership at the Front Line: Lessons Learned about Loving, Leading and Legacy from a Warrior and Public Servant; a children’s book; The Eagle and the Seagulls: A Wisdom Story for Children and Adults; and recently his third book co-authored with his wife Shelly, Raising Courageous Children in a Cowardly Culture: The Battle for the Hearts and Minds of our Children.


Prior to his DEA career, Jimmy served in the US Navy, US Navy Reserves, Air National Guard and a Military Intelligence Officer for the US Army Reserves. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Marist College and a Masters of Education from Seton Hall University. Jimmy has been married to his wife Shelly for over 38 years and they are the proud parents of six outstanding children, most who have taken up lives as public servants.

Jimmy joins the CopDoc Podcast on February 8, 2021.