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Lona Stoll is currently the acting director for USAID’s U.S. Global Development Lab. She previously served as acting deputy coordinator for development for Feed the Future, the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative; as senior adviser on global food security for Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack; and as chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service.
Prior to joining USDA, Stoll served as a foreign affairs officer at the U.S. Department of State, where she was recently deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan. During her time at State, Stoll led multiple interagency planning and conflict response teams, ranging from Georgia to Haiti. In 2007, she served as the planning and assistance coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo.
Stoll’s background includes designing and teaching courses in interagency planning and crisis response operations at the Foreign Service Institute. She has also served on the U.S. Central Command's Assessment Team, was a research associate at the National Defense University, and worked in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. In addition to her federal service, Stoll has worked for the New York City Department of Education's Office of the Auditor General, and as a congressional fellow for Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).
Stoll received a Bachelor’s Degree in economics and political science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Master’s Degree in international affairs, international security policy from Columbia University.
Last updated: October 16, 2014