Jesse Funches

Nuclear Regulatory Expert

Jesse Funches, former chief financial officer for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, is a world-leading authority on how to operate a capable and cost-effective nuclear oversight agency. His unique skill set combines years of successful financial management with a comprehensive knowledge of nuclear regulatory policies and processes. Mr. Funches played a key role in the establishment of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, the independent body tasked with regulating and licensing all nuclear energy activities within the United Arab Emirates.


Mr. Funches, who has been with Lightbridge Corporation since 2008, has more than three decades of regulatory experience, including ten years as CFO of the NRC. In that capacity, Mr. Funches liaised directly with Congress and the Office of Management and Budget on financial and regulatory program issues and oversaw all aspects of agency-wide budgeting, performance evaluation, and strategic planning. Mr. Funches also managed program, policy, and analysis staffs, and he worked closely with the agency’s chairman, commissioners, and program managers to license new power reactors. Mr. Funches was also an active member of the Federal Chief Financial Officers Council, a collective of senior-level officials working to improve government-wide financial issues. In addition to winning the 2004 Donald L. Scantlebury Memorial Award (the federal government’s highest award for excellence in financial management), Mr. Funches is a three-time recipient of the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Senior Executives and a two-time winner of the NRC’s Distinguished Service Award.


Mr. Funches received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Jackson State University, a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Illinois, and a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola College.