Lee Anne Shaffer joined the National Committee in June 2011 as a Program Associate. Prior to her work at the National Committee, she served as a foreign affairs officer in the East Asia and Pacific Bureau’s Office of Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State, where she worked on high-level ministerial visits and developed branding and strategy for President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative.

Ms. Shaffer graduated from Arizona State University’s Barrett Honors College in 2008 with a B.S. in Economics. During her time there, she studied six languages, including Mandarin and Uzbek, and served as Secretary-General of the Model United Nations. She was a Junior Fellow in the Department of Political Science.

In 2005, Ms. Shaffer was awarded a David L. Boren National Security Education Program scholarship to study at Peking University and Nanjing University. Between semesters, she traveled extensively through China’s southern and western provinces, where she developed a keen interest in income inequality and economic growth in rural China. She spent the following summer on the Tibetan plateau in Qinghai volunteering as a field research assistant and translator for a Ph.D candidate in ecology and environmental biology.