Rayangnewende Jean Marc Tiendrebeogo is a former program officer and head of office for a USAID-funded program focused on countering violent extremism and promoting peace through development. In this capacity he implemented and led programs and activities for vulnerable young men and women that were focused on empowerment, promoting moderate voices, and strengthening civil society’s capacity to address community issues and strengthen local government.
Jean Marc most recently worked as a State Department foreign service national, serving as a consular assistant and fraud prevention investigator at the US Embassy in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He is the founder and executive director of Burkina United and Stable Youth (BUSY), a youth development and empowerment nonprofit organization. He graduated from Augustana University with a BA in English and was funded by a Fulbright African Undergraduate Scholarship. As a master of global affairs student, Jean Marc is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.