The Board

Jeff Anderson, President

Jeff glifaaJeff Anderson is the Director of the Public Diplomacy training division at the Foreign Service Institute at the U.S. Department of State.  Among his previous tours, Jeff served as the Public Affairs Officer in Istanbul, Stockholm, Colombo, and Valletta and as the Cultural Affairs Officer in Sarajevo.  He hails from Bradford, Pennsylvania and received a BA in International Studies and Economics from American University and an MS in National Security Strategy from the National War College.  Jeff was also a Fulbright scholar in Chemnitz, Germany following his undergraduate studies.  He and his husband currently live in Washington, DC.

Chris Johnson, Vice President for State

Chris Johnson is the VP of glifaa for the State Department.  He is currently working in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs as the Cambodia Desk Officer.   He served previously as Assistant Public Affairs Officer in U.S. Embassy Asuncion, and as a Consular Officer in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  He holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University, where he focused on Economics and Public Policy.  Chris speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese and intermediate French.  Originally from San Francisco, CA, Chris lives in Washington, D.C. with his incredible husband, Juan Manuel.

Zohair Shabbir, Vice President for USAID and Other Agencies

Calandra Hersrud, Secretary and Treasurer

Calandra Hersrud joined the State Department in 2012.  Prior to the Foreign Service, she served as a Peace Corps Honduras volunteer and worked as a brand manager for the Walt Disney World Resort.  Calandra served in CG Tijuana in Consular Services, Embassy Kyiv in the Management section, the Operations Center as a Watch Officer and the Operations Management Officer, and currently works in the Africa bureau as the Burundi and Rwanda desk officer. Calandra received a BSBA in International Business from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a J.D. from Drexel University.

Ravi Buck, Director of Social and Outreach

ravi-bio.pngRavi Buck is the international programs officer covering the Middle East and North Africa for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Ravi Buck has been an economic-coned Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department since 2009. He has served overseas in Shanghai, Bucharest, and Beijing and most recently worked in
Washington as the New Zealand and Samoa Desk Officer. He is originally from Virginia Beach and earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia. He now lives in Washington DC with his husband Claudiu and their dog, Toby.

Austin Richey-Allen, Director of Policy

Austin Richey-Allen has been a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State since 2011.  He has served tours in Ciudad Juarez, Manila, and in the Bureau of Consular Affairs in Washington, DC.  Austin experienced gender transition while working at the Department of State and is a proud representative of transgender foreign affairs professionals.

Shalom Konstantino, Director of Communications


Shalom Konstantino is a Public Affairs Specialist at the Planning and Events Office in the Global Public Affairs Bureau. Shalom is a family member of a Foreign Service Officer and has been contributing to glifaa for over 12 years in DC and posts around the world. He is a public affairs professional with extensive experience in designing campaigns and implementing communications plans. Shalom was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he met his husband, Michael. Since then, they served in Benin, Germany, North Macedonia, and currently in DC.