Jon Tollefson works at the Minnesota Nurses Association, fighting every day to bring Single Payer healthcare to the State of Minnesota and the nation as a whole. As a Government Affairs Specialist, Jon advocates for nurses, whether it's protecting healthcare workers from assaults that happen far too often or ensuring every patient gets affordable access to the healthcare they need.
Jon grew up in Hopkins, Minnesota, and after graduating from Hopkins Public Schools, studied Economics and International Affairs for his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Jon has always been drawn to public service, since serving on the Hopkins School District Budget Committee and on his church council at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Minnetonka.
Jon later became a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. State Department. He served as a visa officer in Lagos, Nigeria, and as an American Citizen services officer in Mexico City, ensuring the wellbeing of, specifically, U.S. Citizens imprisoned throughout Mexico. He also served as outreach officer for Somalia and an on-the-record spokesperson while in the Africa Bureau at State Department headquarters.
Jon is an advocate for the human rights of LGBT people, both here at home and abroad. He served as president of GLIFAA (the LGBT employee association of U.S. foreign affairs agencies) from 2010 to 2011, where he helped plan landmark outreach to and increased protection of LGBT people worldwide during a time of significant political change. Jon later served as Midwest Chair for Victory Fund, a national political organization devoted to electing LGBT people to office. He would be the first LGBT person elected statewide in Minnesota.
Jon briefly ran for Congress in 2016 in Minnesota’s Third Congressional District, exiting to support state senator Terri Bonoff when she entered the race. He converted his campaign committee into Millennial PAC to help new leaders run for office, particularly young people, people of color, LGBT people, and women.
Jon now lives in the Victory Neighborhood of North Minneapolis with his husband, Josh Crosson, who is an education policy advocate, and their Mini Goldendoodle, Jujubee.