Jennifer Smyser is director of Policy Programming for the Muscatine, Iowa-based Stanley Foundation. Smyser leads the foundation’s team of policy professionals focused on nuclear security, human protection, and evolving global systems. This work is advanced through policy analysis, dialogue, outreach, and networking with key players in international institutions, world capitals, and civil society.
Before becoming director of Policy Programming in 2013, Smyser was the program officer responsible for the foundation’s nuclear security and citizen outreach programming for more than six years.
Prior to joining the foundation in June of 2006, Smyser spent a decade working in US-based NGOs focused on US global engagement and citizen diplomacy. She holds a B.A. in political science and international studies from Iowa State University and a master's degree in public administration from Drake University.