Jessica Gottesman

Maryland School of Public Policy
Class of 2016


Jessica Gottesman is an Analyst (previously Public Policy Fellow) with the Logistics Management Institute (LMI), a non-profit federal government consulting firm. She works full-time as a contractor for the Department of Defense, currently in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) for Personnel and Readiness, Manpower and Reserve Affairs. There, Jessica serves as the OSD Program Manager for the Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program (, which provides training and readiness for U.S. military personnel while addressing domestic public and civil-society needs, primarily in the areas of medicine and critical infrastructure.

In May 2016, Jessica graduated with her Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, where she specialized in International Security and Economic Policy. In graduate school, Jessica served as a Harold Rosenthal Fellow at the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy (Stability and Humanitarian Affairs). 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. Previously, Jessica 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 the connection between security and development 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, dignitaries, national news broadcasts, and numerous charitable organizations and benefits.