Bridget A. Brink assumed her position as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs in August 2015. She is responsible for issues related to Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and regional conflicts in Europe. She most recently served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (2014-2015).
Bridget has spent most of her career working on European affairs. From 2011-2014 she served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia. From 2009-2010, she was the Director for the Aegean and South Caucasus on President Obama’s National Security Council where she helped coordinate U.S. foreign policy and advance U.S. interests with Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia. From 2008-2009, she helped advance relations with Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus as the Deputy Director for Southern European Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. From 2005-2008, she served as Political-Economic Chief in Tbilisi, helping Georgia consolidate democratic and economic reforms. From 2002-2004, Bridget served as a Special Assistant for Europe to the State Department’s Under Secretary for Political Affairs, where she supported Turkey’s democratic reforms and the European Union’s decision to open accession negotiations. From 1999-2002, Bridget served as a Cyprus Desk Officer. Her first assignment was as a consular/political officer in the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade from 1997-1999. She speaks Russian.
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Bridget joined the State Department in 1996. She has master’s degrees in International Relations and Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Kenyon College.