Nicole Nelson-Jean, Manager, NNSA's Savannah River Field Office

Nicole Nelson-Jean is serving as the Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations for the Office of Environmental Management (EM). Nelson-Jean has overriding responsibility to support the 16 EM field sites working throughout the nation to clean up and safely disposition large volumes of nuclear waste, safeguard and prepare for disposition of nuclear materials, deactivate and decommission several thousand radiologically and chemically contaminated facilities, and remediate extensive surface and groundwater contamination. 

Prior to this position, Nelson-Jean served as the Manager of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Savannah River Field Office providing oversight for the management, security, quality assurance, environment, health, safety, nonproliferation, and national security missions for the Savannah River Site.

Nelson-Jean’s years of experience includes environmental management, infrastructure, nuclear safety, nuclear security, nuclear energy, nonproliferation, business and contract management. She has held numerous positions domestically and abroad for the Department of Energy and NNSA. She was the Manager of the Livermore Field Office and Senior Advisor to the Acting NNSA Administrator at the Los Alamos Site Office.

She began her career at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Office of Environmental Management and then moved to the Nonproliferation and International Technology where she supplied technical analysis regarding foreign civil, military, and commercial technological advances in countries of a proliferation concern.

She served as Energy Attaché to the U.S. Ambassador of the Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, Austria, where she coordinated and oversaw NNSA support of the International Atomic Energy Agency nuclear security and as Energy Attaché to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan overseeing NNSA interests in Asia and the Pacific Rim. Other positions held in NNSA include Office Director with the Global Threat Reduction Initiative and Deputy Office Director in Material Protection, Control and Accounting Program.

She was honored with the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award and the Service to America Medal from the Partnership for Public Service. 

Nelson-Jean earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Grambling State University, a master’s degree in liberal arts from St. John’s College, and a master’s degree in strategic security studies from National Defense University. She also completed the Leadership for a Democratic Society Program at the Federal Executive Institute.