Director, Climate Security Programs
Expertise: Climate security, emergency Response/disaster preparedness, civil affairs, security cooperation, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) issues, Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), interagency collaboration
Jessica Olcott Yllemo is a national security professional with 15 years of experience at the nexus of complex global issues. Ms. Yllemo has provided critical support to a variety of state, federal, and international programs, specifically targeted at chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) related disaster response, emergency preparedness, and building partnership capacity programs. Ms. Yllemo has extensive experience facilitating U.S. interagency and international stakeholder collaboration at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels, and has designed, executed, and evaluated more than 45 domestic and international exercises and security cooperation missions. She is a subject matter expert in Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) best practices, and has specialized expertise in climate security, civil affairs, and defense support to civil authorities (DSCA).
Prior to joining ASP, Ms. Yllemo provided support to the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Office of Emergency Management and has supported various U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) projects. In addition, Ms. Yllemo has worked extensively with U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) entities, including the Center for Naval Analyses and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). She also served as a Fulbright Clinton Public Policy Fellow at the Ministry of the Kosovo Security Forces in Pristina, Kosovo, and as a Climate Security Fellow with the Climate and Security Advisory Group (CSAG).