Jamie Lynn De Coster

Jamie Lynn is a surface warfare officer in the US Navy and a PhD candidate in international relations at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2004 with degrees in political science and international relations, and was commissioned as a military officer through the Naval ROTC program.

 Jamie Lynn spent her first sea tour onboard the USS Hopper (DDG 70) from 2004-
2006. As the Strike Officer and the Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Officer, she deployed twice to conduct counter-piracy and maritime interdiction operations in the South China Sea, the Arabian Gulf, and the Gulf of Aden.

From 2006-2008, Jamie Lynn served as the USS Cape St George’s (CG 71) Fire Control Officer. The ship was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to defend two Iraqi oil platforms and to conduct theater air defense in the Arabian Gulf.

 After graduating with a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from Tufts University, Jamie Lynn deployed in 2010 for one year to Afghanistan to serve on the personal staff of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Commander, General David H. Petraeus. There she advised him on governance, development, and rule of law issues in the counterinsurgency campaign. Subsequently, Jamie Lynn worked on the U.S. Central Command Commander’s Action Group, advising General James N. Mattis on Afghanistan and Pakistan policy issues during a critical turning point in regional relations.

Jamie Lynn has written commentary for the New York Times and the World Politics Review, and was selected in 2011 as one of the Top Nine most influential international professionals under 33 years old by The Diplomatic Courier Magazine. Her military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and a number of personal commendation and achievement medals.

A short recent chat with Jamie:

What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
Anything outdoors -- skiing, sailing, yoga, running, hiking, camping, traveling, kayaking, tennis... visiting France.  

What are you most excited to do, learn, or see during your upcoming trip to France as part of the program?
I am most excited to meet, and to get to know, the other 2012 Young Leaders. 

When you were 10 years old, what job did you imagine yourself having?
An Adventurer!  (At the time I didn't know what that meant, but I knew it included travel and doing really cool stuff -- read:  the female version of Indiana Jones).