Jessie Riposo

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Director, Disaster Research and Analysis Program, Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC); Senior Operations Researcher
Washington Office


M.S. in operations research and statistics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; B.S. in economics and mathematics, University at Albany


Jessie Riposo is a senior operations researcher at the RAND Corporation. She is currently serving as director for the Disaster Research and Analysis Program within the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC). In this role she is focused on developing and maintaining the capabilities required to conduct research and analysis in support of disaster management.  Prior to her current assignment, Riposo was the Associate Program Director for the Acquisition and Development Program within HSOAC where she provided support to the Director in developing capabilities to provide research and analysis for DHS acquisition and technology programs. In her nineteen years at RAND, she has led a number of studies for the Department of the Navy, Department of the Air Force, Australian Ministry of Defence, U.K. Ministry of Defence, and the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense. 

Honors & Awards

  • Gordon Karp Award, Suny Albany
  • General Electric Faculty of the Future Fellowship, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute