Bonnie D. Jenkins Ph.D.

Ambassador Jenkins currently serves as the State Department's Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN/TR). She is the State Department lead on the Nuclear Security Summit, and she coordinates State Department activities related to the 4-year effort to secure all vulnerable nuclear material. She is also the U.S. Representative to the G8 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction. Ambassador Jenkins coordinates Department of State Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) programs as well as a number of interagency CTR programs to help ensure a coordinated U.S. approach when promoting these programs internationally. She also works closely with non-governmental organizations engaged in CTR activities and with foreign government and multilateral initiatives dedicated to threat reduction.

Prior to rejoining the U.S. Government, Ambassador Jenkins most recently served as the Program Officer for U.S. Foreign and Security policy at the Ford Foundation. Her grant making responsibilities sought to strengthen public engagement in U.S. foreign and security policy debate and formulation, promoting support for multilateralism, the peaceful resolution of disputes, and the international rule of law. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ambassador Jenkins served as counsel on the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, more commonly known as the "9-11 Commission." She was the lead Commission staff member on counterterrorism policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on U.S. military plans targeting al Qaeda prior to 9-11. Ambassador Jenkins also served as General Counsel to the U.S. Commission to assess the organization of the federal government to combat proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and as a consultant to the 2000 National Commission on Terrorism. She also worked at the RAND Corporation in their National Security Division. A retired Naval Reserve Officer, she recently completed a year-long deployment to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). She has received numerous awards in her time as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserves.

Ambassador Jenkins is an expert on arms control and nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and she has served for nine years as legal advisor to U.S. Ambassadors and delegations negotiating arms control and nonproliferation treaties during her time as a Legal Advisor in the Office of General Council at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

Ambassador Jenkins was a fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She received a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Virginia; an LL.M. in international and comparative law from the Georgetown University Law Center; an MPA from the State University of New York at Albany; a J.D. from Albany Law School; and a BA from Amherst College. She also attended The Hague Academy for International Law. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the American Bar Association.

Ambassadorial Post(s)

Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs, (2009 - 2016)

Areas of Expertise