Samuel “Scott” Jackson serves as the operations chief in the project management and engineering branch of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS/FSE/PME). As a security engineering officer (SEO) he is responsible for the design, installation, and maintenance of technical solutions to support the safe and secure conduct of diplomacy at home and abroad. Currently, that entails coordinating over $20 million in contract labor and material resources to design and install all DS technical security upgrade projects for a portfolio of over 50 posts. In the wake of events that occurred in September 2012, his work directly impacts safety and security improvements accepted by Secretary Clinton from the Benghazi Accountability Review Board Report.
The SEO position is a Foreign Service specialist position and as such, Scott has served overseas assignments in Riyadh and Abidjan. Since these positions are regional he spent considerable time at all posts under U.S. Mission Saudi Arabia and many posts throughout West Africa. Scott has helped to improve technical and physical security at diplomatic facilities in every region.
Prior to joining the Department, Scott earned his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering at the University of Virginia (SEAS ’02) and high school honors at Montbello High School in Denver, Colorado. A native of Denver, Scott comes from a family that values education and service. He and his family look forward to his next overseas assignment in Nairobi, Kenya.