Jessica Bufford joined NTI in January 2019 as a program officer for the Materials Risk Management program. In this role, she works to support efforts to secure fissile material and radioactive sources around the world, strengthen nuclear security institutions such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and facilitate cooperation with China on nuclear security issues.
Prior to joining NTI, Bufford worked in the Division of Nuclear Security at the IAEA. While at the IAEA, she supported the universalization of the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) and its 2005 Amendment and preparations for the review of the CPPNM Amendment in 2021. She also facilitated coordination of nuclear security activities with other international organizations and initiatives. Bufford has also worked on materials management and minimization at the US Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration, and worked previously at NTI as a Herbert J. Scoville Fellow.
Bufford received a master’s degree in nonproliferation and terrorism studies, with a certificate in conflict resolution, from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a bachelor’s degree in political science and French from Austin College.