Bonnie Jenkins ‘82 began her career as a Legal Intern at the NYC Corporation Counsel and is currently the Founder and Executive Director of the Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS). Join her as she shares about her exceptional career path, including roles with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Naval Reserves, the Ford Foundation, and the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks (9/11 Commission).
Bonnie will also discuss graduate school pathways for a career in international relations, including reflections on her own advanced academic pursuits in policy and law. This conversation will be beneficial for students curious about careers in international relations, security and conflict issues, government, public policy or law.
This event is brought to you by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning's Alumni-in-Residence program.
Bonnie’s full bio:
Bonnie Jenkins is the Founder and Executive Director of Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation and a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. She is Chair of the Committee on Radioactive Sources: Applications and Alternative Technologies of the National Academies of Sciences. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a Professorial Lecturer at the George Washington Elliott School of International Affairs. She is also a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and School of Veterinary Science.
She was an Ambassador at the U.S. Department of State where she served as Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. Jenkins was also the DOS lead to the Nuclear Security Summits and was also a leading U.S. official in the launch and implementation of the Global Health Security Agenda. She was the 2016 DOS International Security and Nonproliferation Bureau's nominee for the Secretary's Award for Excellence in International Security Affairs. Jenkins was the Program Officer for U.S. Foreign and Security Policy at the Ford Foundation and Counsel at the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission). She was an Attorney-Advisor at the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and is also a retired Naval Reserves Officer.
Jenkins has a Ph.D. in International and Comparative Policy, an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law, an MPA in Public Policy, a J.D. and a B.A. from Amherst College. She was also a fellow at the Belfer Center at John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University.