Jefferson Brown, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. From April 2010 to June 2013, Mr. Brown was the Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Mr. Brown has previously served as Director for Multilateral Affairs at the National Security Council in the White House and the Director of the Office of UNESCO Affairs at the Department of State. He was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador from 2005 to 2008. Brown’s other overseas assignments include Minister Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs in Mexico City; Cultural Attaché in Brazil, and Press Attaché in Paraguay, El Salvador, and Portugal. From 1995-97, Mr. Brown served as Executive Assistant to the Counselor of the U.S. Information Agency, the ranking career officer responsible for U.S. government public diplomacy operations abroad. From 1999 through 2000, he was a senior advisor in the State Department's Office of Policy Planning, working on democracy initiatives. He spent the following two years as Director of the Washington Foreign Press Center, responsible for the coordination of U.S. Government outreach to and support for U.S.-based and visiting foreign correspondents.
Mr. Brown was born in Boston and raised in New Jersey. He received a B.A. in Modern European History from the University of Chicago.