Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins has extensive international affairs experience both in and out of government. She is currently the founding president of Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation, a nonprofit that provides leadership and career development opportunities for women of color working in international relations. She is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where she has written on a number of nonproliferation and health security topics.
From 2009 to 2017, Jenkins was the coordinator for threat reduction programs at the Department of State. At the State Department, she organized inter-agency threat reduction programs in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, led State's team at four Nuclear Security Summits and worked with a variety of international organizations on threat reduction activities.
Jenkins holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Virginia, graduate degrees from Georgetown University Law Center and the State University of New York at Albany, and a law degree from Albany Law School.