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Dana M. Brown, a career member of the Foreign Service, is serving as the Deputy Chief of Mission in the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland. Prior to this assignment, she served as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission in Mexico City and as the Minister Counselor for Political Affairs in Mexico City from 2018-2021, advancing U.S. migration, security, and human rights policy objectives with Mexican counterparts.
Ms. Brown previously served as Deputy Chancellor of the National Defense University’s College of Information and Cyberspace from 2017-2018. While on detail to the Department of Defense, she advanced international cooperation, information sharing and interagency cooperation in the information and cyberspace domain. She also served as the Political and Economic Counselor in Havana, Cuba from 2015-2017. Ms. Brown and her team directly contributed to reestablishing diplomatic relations with the Cuban government for the first time in more than five decades. She served in Washington D.C. as Deputy Director of the State Department’s Office of Andean Affairs from 2013-2015. At that time, she was responsible for furthering bilateral relations between the United States and Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.
Ms. Brown began working for the U.S. Department of State in 1998 as a Presidential Management Intern advancing the U.S.-Venezuela bilateral relationship and subsequently joined the Foreign Service in May 2000. She has represented the United States as the Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires in Praia, Cape Verde; Political-Economic Chief in U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo; Secretariat staff for Secretary Colin Powell; and as a Political-Military Officer in the U.S. embassies in Lisbon, Portugal; Bogotá, Colombia; and Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She holds the rank of Minister Counselor in the U.S. Senior Foreign Service.