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N. Nicole Nelson-Jean, ManagerNNSA

Nicole Nelson-Jean is the Manager at the Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Livermore Field Office (LFO) where she oversees a Federal team of 85 employees and provides oversight for the management, security, quality assurance, environment, health, safety, nonproliferation and national security missions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). LLNL employs 6,300 people and has an annual budget of approximately $1.6 billion and government-owned assets of almost $10 billion.

Nicole’s 23 years of experience includes environmental management, infrastructure, nuclear safety, nuclear security, nuclear energy, nonproliferation, business and contract management. Nicole began her career at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Office of Environmental Management and then moved to the Office of Nonproliferation and International Technology where she supplied technical analysis to the U.S. government regarding foreign civil, military, and commercial technological advances in countries of a proliferation concern.

Since becoming a Federal employee, Nicole has held several positions, domestically and abroad, for DOE NNSA. Prior to becoming the Manager at LFO, Nicole served at the Los Alamos Site Office in Los Alamos, N.M., as the Senior Advisor to the Acting NNSA Administrator, Bruce Held. Nicole has also served as the Energy Attaché to the United States Ambassador of the Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, Austria where she coordinated and oversaw DOE NNSA support to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear security programs from a policy, technical, and programmatic standpoint. Before her position in Vienna, Nicole was an Office Director with the Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI). She was responsible for the removal and security of high-risk nuclear and radiological materials and equipment in North and South America that pose a potential threat to the U.S. and the international community. She was also in charge of the GTRI Reactor Conversion Program which supports the minimization of the use of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) in civilian research or testing involving nuclear applications worldwide through cooperatively working with countries to convert those reactors from HEU to Low Enriched Uranium (LEU). Prior to joining GTRI, she served as the Energy Attaché to the United States Ambassador of Japan and Director of the DOE NNSA Asia Office. In this position she provided oversight of DOE NNSA interests in Asia and the Pacific Rim concerning oil, natural gas, nuclear energy, nuclear safety and nonproliferation issues. She provided continuous contact with Japanese, Chinese, Korean and other Pacific Rim nations to remain abreast of all current and prospective nonproliferation, economic and energy related developments, concerns and issues. Before moving to Japan, Nicole served as a Deputy Office Director in NNSA's Material Protection, Control and Accounting (MPC&A) Program where she oversaw nuclear security upgrades at more than 50 civilian and military nuclear storage sites belonging to entities in the Russian Federation's Ministries of Atomic Energy, Transportation, Economics and Defense. While working in Russia, Nicole initiated and led the integrated DOE NNSA National Laboratory team that designed and built the first DOE NNSA funded nuclear security technical and training facility in the Kola Murmansk region, the Kola Technical & Training Center of the Russian Navy.

During her time with DOE NNSA, Nicole won the Service to America Medal from the Partnership for Public Service and was recognized by Senator Ted Kaufman (D-DE) in the Senate Congressional Record for her nuclear security work in Russia. She has also been featured in the Washington Post's “The Federal Coach” column discussing leadership in the public service and was highlighted as a Patriotic Steward, Visionary, Relationship Builder, and Team Leader in the Partnership for Public Service Hay Group study about leading innovation in government.

Nicole has a B.A. in political science from Grambling State University, M.A. in liberal arts from St. John’s College and M.A. in strategic security studies from National Defense University. She also completed the Leadership for a Democratic Society Program at the Federal Executive Institute.