SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST: Republic of Ecuador

CANDIDATE: Arthur W. Brown

Arthur W. Brown, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, serves as a Senior Advisor in the U.S. Agency for International Development. Previously, Mr. Brown was detailed to serve as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe. Prior to that, Brown was USAID Mission Director at Embassy Harare from 2020-2022 and USAID Director in the Dominican Republic from 2016-2020, twenty months of which he was on detail to the Department of State as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo. He has devoted much of his career, spanning 30 years, to the Africa and Western Hemisphere regions. This extensive and substantive regional experience, coupled with his management experience and demonstrated ability to lead large interagency teams, makes him a well-qualified candidate to be the U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador.

Mr. Brown’s other assignments include service as USAID Director at the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua. Additionally, Brown has served in Kabul, Afghanistan and in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, as USAID Deputy Director. Earlier, Brown had assignments in Botswana, Guinea, Nigeria, and worked on regional support activities in Sierra Leone, Haiti, Jamaica, Barbados, and Namibia.

Brown is the recipient of numerous USAID performance awards and the Administrator’s Management Improvement Award. He is a distinguished recipient of the Franklin H. Williams award for Outstanding Community Leaders. Brown has an MBA degree from Johns Hopkins University, a BA degree from the University of Virginia, and a MS degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College. Brown served as a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) in the Republic of Benin. He speaks French and Spanish.

U.S. Department of State

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