Biography

Jessica T. Sweet is a civil servant with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Prior to her arrival at Harvard, Jessica managed a Division comprised of 3D modeling/simulation, and multimedia applications for senior policymakers. She also served as the agency lead for space animations for a portfolio under the purview of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research & Engineering (USD(R&E)).

Previously, Jessica served at the Pentagon as the Reports & Assessments Division Chief in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (OUSD(I&S)). She was responsible for policy on emerging and disruptive threats, and quarterly briefings to the National Security Council (NSC) and the House & Senate Intelligence, Appropriations and Armed Services Committees.

As a PM and former Data Scientist, Jessica obtained certifications in Cloud management, Geospatial Intelligence, Defense Acquisition; and Project Management from the University of California (UC) Berkeley. She has an M.S. in Geographic Information Science (GIS) from the University of Minnesota, with an emphasis in computer programming. As a Graduate Research Assistant to the Toxicology & Civil Engineering departments, Jessica co-authored a paper on hydraulic fracturing fluids in the UC Berkley Journal for Occupational Health & Environmental Hygiene. She has a B.A. in Geography and International Studies, and a minor in Arabic from Macalester College.

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Awards

Jessica is the recipient of a Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award & Medal, and Meritorious Unit Citations.  

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