Jess Rogers

Fellow, Ending Bioweapons Program

Jess Rogers is an international lawyer and policy advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the U.S. Department of Defense. Her work focuses on countering weapons of mass destruction threats through the promotion of international norms. Previously, she was a fellow in residence at the Federation of American Scientists, where she assessed strategic arms control options after the New START treaty. Prior to that, she served two years on the nonproliferation treaties and agreements team at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She also previously helped promote U.S.-Russian arms control at the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the Biological Weapons Convention at the U.S. Department of State. Jess earned her JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and later specialized with an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She plans to use this fellowship to better connect the technical, legal, and policy expertise needed to effectively prevent the proliferation and possible use of bioweapons.