Director, Leadership Programs

Jessica Bissett is the director of leadership programs at NCUSCR, which she joined in September 2011 after receiving her M.S. in global affairs from New York University (NYU). She leads Congressional Staff Delegations to China and runs the Committee’s Student Leaders Exchange to China, Diplomat Orientation Program, and U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium. She also manages the Committee’s Young China Professionals program, oversees its Schwarzman Scholars Partnership, and works on Subnational Initiatives.  

While at NYU, Ms. Bissett was a research associate on a team of students that developed future scenarios for China, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine, based on political, economic, social, and demographic trends. Prior to beginning graduate studies, she spent the summer of 2008 at Middlebury College’s  Chinese Language School studying Mandarin Chinese as a recipient of the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace scholarship.

Ms. Bissett originally began studying Chinese language and history at Bucknell University, as a part of her double major in international relations and East Asian studies. She graduated summa cum laude in 2005 and received the Bucknell Prize for Women and the Bucknell Prize in East Asian Studies. Ms. Bissett is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

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