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Jennifer “J.R.” Littlejohn serves as the Deputy Director of the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff. She is a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, most recently serving as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, North Macedonia. Previously, she was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Dili, Timor-Leste.

In Washington, Ms. Littlejohn served as the Director for Central and Northern European Affairs on the National Security Council staff at the White House; Director for Policy Planning and Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; Senior Advisor on the Secretary of State’s Executive Staff; and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Overseas she served as the Executive Secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, in addition to assignments in Germany, Thailand, and Brazil.

Ms. Littlejohn holds an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University; an M.S. in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University; and a B.A. in Political Science from Morgan State University. She has studied German, Macedonian, Portuguese, and Thai, and is the recipient of several State Department Superior Honor Awards. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she was a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow in Berlin, Germany.

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