The National Nuclear Security Administration is celebrating the women who make up the backbone of our Enterprise. Our workforce is made stronger by the contributions and accomplishments of amazing women whose expertise ensures that we successfully meet the challenge of our crucial mission.
Although women make up more than half of the world’s population, women comprise a minority of professionals working in nonproliferation. In the Women in Nonproliferation Series, we celebrate the women from the NNSA’s Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation who work in Research & Development, Material Management and Minimization, Global Material Security, and Nonproliferation and Arms Control. These outstanding NNSA women are leading the way to help keep our nation safe and set a powerful example for women and girls considering careers in nonproliferation.
Taylor Hart-McGonigle, Foreign Affairs Specialist, Office of International Nuclear Security
Taylor Hart-McGonigle collaborates with international partners to build their capacity to prevent the theft and sabotage of nuclear materials and facilities. To accomplish this mission, Taylor works with technical teams at the U.S. National Laboratories to leverage their decades of nuclear security expertise to develop and implement trainings, workshops, and technical exchanges.
At NNSA, Taylor is proud to lead the Office of International Nuclear Security’s “Nuclear Security Women” initiative. The goal of NSW is to promote the role and visibility of women across all aspects of nuclear security, support a diverse range of professional development opportunities to understand gaps to success, and increase female representation in the field of nuclear security worldwide. Taylor says, “It has been extremely rewarding to represent those values on behalf of the program and a privilege to have the opportunity to meet and work with such incredible women in the field from across the world.”
Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Public Policy with a minor in Arabic from The College of New Jersey. Taylor also holds master’s degrees in both public administration and international relations from Syracuse University. During her graduate education, she obtained certificates of advanced study in security studies and Middle East affairs.
Taylor says the best part of her job is partnering with international counterparts who work in the nuclear regulatory authorities or nuclear facility operators. She says, “Our partners are incredibly dedicated and enthusiastic about nuclear security. It is a wonderful experience being able to work together toward a shared mission of effective nuclear security globally.”
*This is part of an ongoing series to recognize women in nonproliferation at NNSA*
Our partners are incredibly dedicated and enthusiastic about nuclear security. It is a wonderful experience being able to work together toward a shared mission of effective nuclear security globally.