Terrm of Appointment: 01/10/2011 to present
Ambassador Brownfield was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) on January 10, 2011. As Assistant Secretary for INL, he is responsible for State Department programs combating illicit drugs and organized crime, as well as support for law enforcement and rule of law. INL currently manages a portfolio of more than $4 billion in more than 80 countries administered by 5000 employees and contractors.
Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Brownfield served as U.S. Ambassador to Colombia from 2007 to 2010. Prior to that, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela (2004-07) and U.S. Ambassador to Chile (2002-04). He has also served overseas in Venezuela, El Salvador, Argentina, Switzerland, and Panama as temporary Political Adviser to the U.S. Southern Command.
In Washington his jobs have included Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, Director for Policy and Coordination in INL, Executive Assistant to the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, Member of the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff, and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs.
Ambassador Brownfield holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service. He has received the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award and the Presidential Performance Award three times. Ambassador Brownfield is a graduate of Cornell University (1974) and the National War College (1993). He attended the University of Texas School of Law (1976-78). He speaks Spanish and French. He is a native of the State of Texas.
Term of Appointment: 05/25/2011 to present
Brian A. Nichols assumed his duties as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs on May 25, 2011. Prior to his appointment as PDAS, Mr. Nichols served as INL’s Deputy Assistant Secretary where he oversaw INL’s policies and programs to promote justice, the rule of law and citizen safety as well as combating international narcotics trafficking and crime in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Western Hemisphere.
From August 2007 to July 2010, Mr. Nichols served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia. As Deputy Chief of Mission, he managed day-to-day U.S. diplomatic activities in Colombia including overseeing over $500 million in annual U.S. development and security assistance. Mr. Nichols previously served as the Director of the Office of Caribbean Affairs, coordinating U.S. policy toward 14 Caribbean countries. He also served as Counselor for Political Affairs at the American Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. Prior to his assignment to Indonesia, he served as Deputy Political Counselor in Mexico City, a Political Officer in El Salvador, and a Consular Officer in Lima, Peru.
A recipient of multiple Department of State awards, Mr. Nichols entered the Foreign Service in 1989 and was promoted into the Senior Foreign Service in 2003. He is a 1987 graduate of Tufts University
Term of Appointment: 03/2011 to present
Ms. Darby became a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for INL in March 2011, following an 18-month assignment as Chief of Staff to the Director General of the Foreign Service.
A career member of the Civil Service, Ms. Darby has a long prior record of service in INL from 1995-2009. During this period, she was responsible for developing and managing peacekeeping and criminal justice capacity building programs in the Balkans, Afghanistan, Africa, and, most recently, Iraq. She also served as director of the Narcotics Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan from 2002-2005.
Before joining the State Department, Ms. Darby served on the National Security Council staff.
She graduated with honors from Mount Holyoke College (B.A.) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.).
Term of Appointment: 06/06/2011 to present
Carol Z. Perez assumed her duties as Deputy Assistant Secretary on June 6, 2011. Prior to her assignment in INL, Ms. Perez was the Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General Milan. She previously served as the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Secretary in the Executive Secretariat supporting Secretaries Powell and Rice from 2003 to 2009.
Ms. Perez is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor. She began her career with the Department in September 1987, serving in Barcelona, Spain, as Consul General from 2001 to 2003, as well as at the U.S. Embassies in Rome and Madrid. She has also served in a variety of Washington assignments, including as Deputy Executive Secretary under Secretary Albright, Director of the Executive Secretariat Staff office and as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Management.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. Perez received her undergraduate degree from Hiram College in Ohio and her Masters Degree in Health Care Administration from the George Washington University.
Term of Appointment: 07/2011 to present
Todd D. Robinson became a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in July 2011. He is a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, having joined the State Department in 1986.
Prior to this assignment Mr. Robinson served as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Consul General in Barcelona, Spain, and was the Chief of the Political and Economic Section in the U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albania. Before that, he was Deputy Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic 2000-2003. Other overseas postings include La Paz, Bolivia (1997-1999), the Holy See, Vatican City (1995-1997), Rome, Italy (1993-1995), San Salvador, El Salvador (1989-1991), and Bogotá, Colombia (1987-1989). Mr. Robinson has also served in the State Department Operations Center and as a Special Assistant to former Secretary of State Albright. In 2001, and again in 2006, Mr. Robinson received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award.
Mr. Robinson was a journalist before joining the Foreign Service. He is a proud graduate of the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Class of ’85.
-Assistant Secretary William R. Brownfield
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Brian A. Nichols
Deputy Assistant Secretary Brooke Darby
Deputy Assistant Secretary Carol Z. Perez
Deputy Assistant Secretary Todd D. Robinson