Mr. Hunter Ogletree

Mr. Hunter Ogletree

Hendersonville, NC

After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002 with a BA in International Studies and Spanish, Hunter Ogletree joined the Peace Corps for a two-year term as municipal development officer in Honduras, helping to provide access to clean water and sanitation services to the small rural communities of Santa Ana. While with the Peace Corps, he became engaged in working with an environmental youth group that completed various activities to help the community. This fostered Hunter Ogletree’s interest in working to develop youth leadership activities, especially among underprivileged communities.

Subsequent to serving with the Peace Corps, Hunter Ogletree joined the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as a strategic program specialist. As an USAID employee fluent in Spanish, Hunter Ogletree was selected to participate as an international election observer for the Organization of American States during the 2006 Honduran presidential election. Hunter Ogletree found the results of the electoral transition process to be “overwhelmingly positive,” with local citizens for the first time playing a crucial role in a peaceful transfer of political power.

Hunter Ogletree returned to school in 2007 to complete an International Master of Business Administration at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. At the same time, Hunter Ogletree was working for the Henderson County Public Schools in North Carolina as a migrant education program specialist. Hunter Ogletree was highly motivated in this position and successful in expanding a $20,000 ten-week summer program for migrant youth to double the size it was before he took over coordinative duties. In addition, Hunter Ogletree coordinated with school officials and community agencies to reach out to local migrant farm worker families, assessing their educational needs. In 2009 Hunter Ogletree was selected as a presenter at the National Migrant Education Conference.