Jessica Gottesman

Maryland School of Public Policy
Class of 2016


Jessica Gottesman is a Public Policy Fellow at Logistics Management Institute (LMI) in Tysons, Virginia. As a member of their Defense Policy team, she works principally with the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy and on multilateral projects. She graduated with her Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland in May 2016, where she specialized in International Security and Economic Policy.

Previously, Jessica was a Harold Rosenthal Fellow at the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy (Stability and Humanitarian Affairs), later continuing as a graduate intern. There, she managed a portfolio of security assistance programs at the Action Officer level during a time of substantial change in peacekeeping policy and regular interest at the level of the White House and National Security Council. Jessica has also contributed analysis on international security issues through internships with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Hudson Institute, and the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. At UMD she served as a research assistant to Professor Catherine Kelleher, helping implement a MacArthur Grant on nonproliferation and strategic stability.

Jessica graduated cum laude from Northwestern University in 2012, earning dual bachelor’s degrees in political science and violin performance, with a minor in global health. Her interests in conflict resolution and cultural diplomacy stem from her experiences traveling abroad as a member and soloist with the Betty Haag Academy’s Magical Strings of Youth, a violin performing group. From 1994-2007 she played in over 30 cities on four continents – for foreign leaders, for dignitaries, on national news broadcasts, and for numerous charitable organizations and benefits. Her long-term interests are in post-conflict reconciliation programs and the special role of cultural diplomacy in building mutual respect.