John Vollertsen serves in the Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources at the U.S. Department of State where he is the budget lead for a portfolio of eight countries and multiple regional platforms representing approximately $1 billion in U.S. humanitarian, development, and security assistance. Prior to joining the State Department, he was selected as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Agriculture where he provided policy guidance for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Mr. Vollertsen’s graduate work included conducting research on the policy priorities of historically underrepresented voters in the United States and performing an extensive community needs assessment to determine key gaps in service delivery for individuals experiencing homeless in Little Rock, Arkansas. His international experience includes spending a year as an English teacher in Ningbo, China, and a summer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, working with the Canadian Urban Institute.
A native of Parthenon, Arkansas, he holds a Master’s Degree in Public Service from the University of Arkansas Clinton School and a Bachelor’s of Music Performance from the University of Central Arkansas.
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