Natalie E. Brown, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, arrived in Asmara, Eritrea in September 2016. She previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Mission to the UN agencies in Rome, and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia. Other overseas assignments include service as Economic Counselor in Amman, Jordan; Political Chief in Kuwait City, Kuwait; language student at the Foreign Service Institute’s Arabic Field School in Tunis, Tunisia; Political/Economic/Consular Officer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and General Services Officer in Conakry, Guinea. Domestically, Ms. Brown has twice served in the Operations Center and was one of the Senior Watch Officers on duty on September 11, 2001; was the Desk Officer for Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger; and worked on international justice and non-proliferation issues in the Office of UN Political Affairs.
She is the recipient of several U.S. Department of State awards.
Ms. Brown earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in comparative studies of Africa and Western Europe from Georgetown University’s Edmund E. Walsh School of Foreign Service. From 1998-1999, she was one of two State Department Officers assigned to the Marine Corps Command and Staff College where she earned a Master of Science degree in Military Studies. In addition to Arabic, Ms. Brown speaks French and studied Amharic.
Ms. Brown was a member of 2007-2008 fellows class of the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation and an alumna of the International Career Advancement Program of the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver. She is from Omaha, Nebraska, and resides in Arlington, Virginia. Her two dogs, Cashmere, from the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, Virginia, and Riko, adopted in Kuwait, travel with her.