Jackie Wolcott

Nonproliferation and Biodefense Program Chair


Ambassador Jackie Wolcott serves as chair of FDD’s Nonproliferation and Biodefense Program. From 2018 to 2021 she was the U.S. representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and the U.S. representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency, with the rank of ambassador.

Ambassador Wolcott has served the United States for more than 30 years in a number of foreign policy and national security positions. She was a Senate-appointed commissioner to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom from 2016 to 2018, following service as the Commission’s executive director from 2010 to 2015. A specialist in multilateral and nonproliferation affairs, she has served in several senior positions at the U.S. Department of State, including as special envoy for nuclear nonproliferation (2008-2009); alternate representative for special political affairs in the United Nations, with the rank of ambassador (2006-2008); U.S. representative to the Conference on Disarmament and special representative of the president of the United States for the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons in Geneva, Switzerland, with rank of ambassador (2003-2006); and alternate representative to the Board of Governors and General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria (2004-2005).

Ambassador Wolcott was deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs at the U.S. Department of State; assistant to the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs; associate director for national security in the Office of Presidential Personnel at the White House; White House liaison at the Department of State; and special assistant for congressional affairs at the Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs. She has worked as a congressional staff member in both the House and the Senate.

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