Jessie Riposo

Jessie Riposo
Director, Disaster Management & Resilience Program, RAND Homeland Security Research Division; 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 directs the Disaster Management & Resilience Program (DMR) within the RAND Homeland Security Research Division, and is a senior operations researcher at the RAND Corporation. She focuses 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 the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC), a federally funded research and development corporation managed within HSRD. There, she provided support to the Director in developing capabilities to provide research and analysis for DHS acquisition and technology programs. In her time 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


  • Earthquakes

    Earthquake in Turkey, Syria: Insights from RAND Researchers

    Thousands of people have been confirmed dead in one the strongest earthquakes to hit Turkey and Syria in the past century. As search-and-rescue missions ended and recovery began, a handful of RAND researchers shared some of their initial thoughts.

    Feb 14, 2023

    The RAND Blog

  • Public Health Preparedness

    Toward 'Smarter' Federal Funding of Public Health Emergencies

    The next public health emergency or large-scale disaster may be looming. It may be time to rethink the way federal relief funds are sought and allocated so that aid is more rapidly, accurately, and fairly distributed to hospitals and health systems. This could help ensure patients and communities get the care when and where they need it when crisis hits.

    Dec 20, 2022

    United Press International

  • Emergency Preparedness

    The Disaster Bills Coming Due

    The United States largely waits for a disaster to strike and then spends billions to repair damages. Investing in resilience today can significantly reduce the costs to recover after a disaster strikes.

    Sep 20, 2022

    Santa Monica Daily Press