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Bonnie Jenkins

Bonnie Jenkins

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution & Former Ambassador, U.S. State Department

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins is a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution where she focuses on nuclear security, weapons of mass destruction and geopolitics. In 2009, she was nominated by President Barack Obama as the Department of State’s Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. In her role, she promoted the coordination of Department of State Cooperative Threat Reduction and U.S. government programs in chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological security, and was the Department of State lead on the Nuclear Security Summit. Jenkins is the founder and president of Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security and has taught at Georgetown University Law School, where she earned an LL.M. in international and comparative law. A retired Naval Reserve officer, she completed a year-long deployment to U.S. Central Command and received numerous awards for her service.