Jonathan M. Jellema assumed his current role as District Counsel of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District in March 2012.
He began his career in private practice in Georgia and Colorado. After six-plus years in the private sector, he joined the Charleston District as Assistant District Counsel in 1992. Other previous positions and assignments with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers include: Congressional Affairs Officer for Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; Deputy Division Counsel for the South Atlantic Division; Acting District Counsel for the Charleston District; Assistant Chief Counsel/Division Counsel for the Pacific Ocean Division; District Counsel for the Afghanistan Engineer District - South; and, Acting District Counsel for the Savannah District.
His education includes a B.A. in historical studies from Hope College and a J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law. His professional admissions include the State Bars of Georgia and Colorado, U.S. District Court (D. Colorado), and the U.S. Court of Appeals (10th Circuit).
Jellema's honors and awards include: Project Delivery Team of the Year (Member, 2015), Superior Civilian Service Award (2012), Overseas Contingency Operations Recognition (2011), Commander's Award for Civilian Service (2006, 2009, 2015), E. Manning Seltzer Award (2009), Certificate of Merit for Safety (2002), Emerging Leader, South Atlantic Division (1997) and Team Member of the Year - Non-Engineering/Scientific, Charleston District (1995).