NTI Welcomes Chief Development Officer and New Staff to Biosecurity and International Fuel Cycle Strategies Programs

The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) is pleased to announce the addition of several new staff members: Peggy Knudson as chief development officer; Richard Johnson as a senior director of NTI’s International Fuel Cycle Strategies Program; and Jake Jordan and Hayley Severance as senior director and senior program officer respectively of Global Biological Policy and Programs.

“We are delighted to welcome these new members to the NTI team,” said NTI President Joan Rohlfing. “Peggy’s development background will be crucial to sustaining NTI’s efforts to build a safer world, and the addition of Richard, Jake and Hayley to our fuel cycle and global health security programs will be critical as we ramp up our work in these areas.”

Knudson brings more than 20 years of experience in fundraising and grant making to NTI, including at the Brookings Institution, where she was director of development for foreign policy, at the Center for American Progress and at ecoAmerica. She opened and led the Berlin office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States after the fall of the Berlin Wall and later served as executive director of Women in International Security.

Johnson, who previously served as deputy lead coordinator (acting) for Iran nuclear implementation at the U.S. Department of State, will join NTI in June as senior director for fuel cycle and verification. Previously, he was Director for Nonproliferation at the National Security Council in the Obama Administration. Johnson has held numerous positions at the Department of State and has been involved deeply in both the Iran and North Korea nuclear issues.

Previously, Jordan was a chief scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked as the senior science and technology advisor to the office director and deputy director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Biological Technologies Office.  There he assisted strategy and planning for a research and development portfolio of emerging biotechnologies impacting national security, including infectious disease and pandemic prevention. 

Severance previously served as a senior policy advisor in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, where she developed strategic policy guidance for the Cooperative Threat Reduction’s Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) and led the Department’s efforts to advance the U.S. commitment under the Global Health Security Agenda.

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June 5, 2018
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“We are delighted to welcome these new members to the NTI team,” said NTI President Joan Rohlfing.